TEXT: 2 KINGS 14:1-7.
🔑KEY VERSE “But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin” (2 KINGS 14:6).
Woodrow Kroll said, “Justice is for those who deserve it, mercy is for those who don’t.” That beautiful distinction between justice and mercy aptly highlights the importance of mercy in human affairs. Mercy always makes the difference. It makes the sinful man to become a friend of God.
Amaziah became king after his father was assassinated by two servants, Jozachar and Jehozabad. He ascended the throne at the age of twenty-five and he “did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord” although he did not completely stamp out idolatry. In the early part of his reign, he took time to consolidate his power, apparently because of the breach that led to the assassination of his father. When he fully secured his throne, he decided to pursue the case of the assassins. He killed the two servants who killed his father but decided to spare their children even though he had the power to get rid of them as well.
Amaziah decided to spare the children of his father’s killers because he chose to be gracious and merciful in wielding the sword of judgment under his control. He decided to apply the principles of justice espoused in Deuteronomy 24:16, a policy which politically, was fraught with a lot of risks. Prior to this incident, others had acted differently. The families of Korah, Dathan and Abiram were all swallowed up with the ambitious heads of their houses. Joshua and all Israel also stoned Achan with all his house. But at a most unexpected time and from an unlikely source, mercy flowed in the direction of these children and they were spared; just like mercy flowed from the cross to the human race so we can be saved from sin.
God expects us today to show mercy and be fair in handling cases involving others and ourselves. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR PSALMS 139-150.
Reflections: How merciful are you?
- Character traits that cannot be separated from mercy
a. Forgiveness: Grace to easily forgive without waiting for apology.
b. Fruit of the Spirit: It is real test of spirituality. This is what the Holy Spirit produces in the character of those who are saved. The more the Spirit in you, the more Christlike you are in character. This is different from the gift of the Spirit.
c. Favour: Heart that loves to show favour to people even when it is not merited.
d. Forgetfulness: This go beyond mere forgiveness. It is a grace of forgiveness that makes the offences of people to fade into forgetfulness as if they never offended.
e. Faithfulness: The commitment of the believer to just do what the Bible says without any condition attached.
f. Fault tolerance: Grace to tolerate the ignorance, infirmities, ill feelings and irritating behaviour of others while lovingly rebuking and correcting them
h. Fence mending: Love for promotion of peace among people.
I. Fellowship: Builds relationship and fellowships among brethren.
Q Check each of these graces to see area you need to pray for more grace.
- Fruit of the Spirit that manifests in mercy Galatians ,5:22-23.
b. Longsuffering: Ability to suffer long without complaining.
c. Meekness: mildness void of anger and irritating response.
d. Temperance: Ability to control temper and discipline self from reacting to people in an unchristlike manner.
e. Faith: Believes Christlikeness is not foolishness and will be rewarded.
f. Goodness: Enjoys doing good to others and making them happy in the truth.
h. Gentleness: Calm and soft.
j. Joy: How does joy of the Spirit affects the disposition to show mercy?
Q Which aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is in short supply in your life?
Passionately ask God for the missing character traits listed above that are not abundant in your life🙏True Christians are known by Christ likeness and not charismatism.
Ask for deeper fruit of the Spirit to sweeten your character🙏
Ask for Christ’s image to be stamped in your character in its fullness🙏
Pray for ministers and members that christlikeness will be their hunger, prayer and life style so that the world will see the difference
HYMN Let other see Jesus in you