The Wideness of God's Mercy



Daily reading: Ephesians 2:11-22
August 12, 2015

Focus scripture: However, God is rich in mercy.  He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong.  He did this because of the great love that he has for us.  You are saved by God’s grace! Ephesians 2:4-5

In verse four of chapter two the author proclaims that there is “wideness in God’s mercy.” 

This wideness in God’s mercy is found in Christ Jesus who came to the demon possessed man on the fringe, literally pushed outside the civilized border and into the wilderness and said “you are loved by God and are included.” 

The wideness of God’s mercy is found in Christ Jesus who called Zacchaeus the tax collector who had cheated his people down from the sycamore tree and said “you are loved by God and are included.”

The wideness of God’s mercy is found in Christ Jesus who healed the paralytic man who had been lowered into the house by his four friends and who knew deep within that he was loved by God and included.

The wideness of God’s mercy is found in Christ Jesus who challenged and angry mob of men ready to stone to death a woman caught in adultery as he said to her “you are loved by God and are included.”

In the numerous outcasts, sinners, children and women that Jesus encountered, whose daily lives where those of outsiders, in the wideness of God’s mercy, Jesus Christ called to each of them and said “you are loved by God and are included.”

This is the radical personification of the wideness of God’s mercy in that through Jesus Christ there are no longer insiders and outsiders. 

We are charged to be a blessing to others, to everyone.  We are called as a congregation to a specific God-given vocation to be a community of blessing. 

Prayer:  God help me to be a blessing to everyone I encounter today.  Amen.

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