I don’t believe that in all of the Bible there are two words that jump out at me more than mercy and truth. They are a wonderful couple. It seems that when you see one you always see the other. Most recently I saw this dynamic duo in Genesis 24:27 where Abraham’s servant praises God, “Blessed be the Lord God of my Master Abraham, who hath not left me destitute of His mercy and truth: I being in the way the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” Here are a couple general thoughts about mercy and truth in relation to God’s dealings with us.
- If God dealt with us according to truth alone, He could not tolerate us. We do not deserve His favor!
- If God dealt with us according to mercy alone, it seems that He would tolerate our sin. He cannot do this.
Praise the Lord that “Mercy and truth are met together…” (Psalm 85:10) and He deals with us accordingly. This is classically exemplified in Romans 6:23. Truth says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Mercy says, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I encourage you to take a moment today and thank God for His Mercy and Truth in your life.