Thy Promise of Mercy

But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. -Psalm 13:5

Now, God has said, “If we confess our sins and trust in Christ, we shall have mercy.” You have done it; you have made the most abject and sincere confession, and you do declare that you have no trust but in the blood and righteousness of Christ. Now, on the faith of the promise you have been led into this state. Do you imagine when God has brought you through much pain and agony of mind to repent of sin, to give up self-righteousness, and rely on Christ, He will afterwards turn round and tell you He did not mean what He said? It cannot be-it cannot be. Suppose, now you were about to engage a man to be your servant, and you say to him, renounce such a situation, give that up; come and take a house in the neighbourhood where I live, and I will take you to be my servant.” Suppose he does it, and you then say, “I am glad for your own sake that you have left your master, still I will not take you.” What would he say to you? He would say, “I gave up my situation on the faith of your promise, and now, you break it.” Ah! but it never can be said of Almighty God, that, if a sinner acted on the faith of His promise, then that promise was not kept. God ceases to be God when He ceases to have mercy upon the soul who seeks pardon through the blood of Christ. No, He is a just God, “Faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God’s justice demands that the sinner should be forgiven if he seeks mercy, for this reason: Christ died on purpose to secure pardon for every seeking soul. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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