Prays Together: Mercy & Truth

By Mandy Nevarez

I find myself thinking about our current culture, and the climate that we live in as Americans. Everyone has an opinion, and that is something that makes our nation great—the freedom of speech. However, as believers in Jesus, it is not about personal opinion, but we must be willing to let God’s word mold our thinking. I believe most Christians experience this struggle. The Apostle Paul expresses this very thing in the book of Romans. It is an inward struggle of submitting our thoughts to God, and it is an everyday battle. The mind, will, and emotions that constitute the soul of a man, is always at war with the spirit.

With that being said, if the Christian is having this battle, then how do we reach those that do not know Jesus? Once again Paul said it best, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 7:24-25. Jesus is the answer! It is the transparent message of man’s need for salvation, and God’s finished work of the cross.

We are all in need of both mercy and truth. God’s mercy was best demonstrated when Jesus died for whomsoever would believe. God knew our struggle with sin, and the debt that mankind owed, and could not pay. And also, it is God’s truth that sets us free. The truth of God’s word confronts the lies and corruption that is inherent in the flesh. The gospel paints a beautiful picture of God’s unending grace and mercy intertwined and upheld by His infallible truth. God’s word is the foundation in which a believer in Jesus Christ must build his or her life.

‘Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem, in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths,” Proverbs 3:3-6

This Scripture directs the reader to adorn themselves with the things of God, and put their faith in Christ. In such an uncertain time, God has provided a stability that is unshakable. Being a believer in Jesus does not mean we are without trouble, but He gives us a firm path to walk in and direction for our lives.

This was something I did not have before my life in Christ and, as a believer now, my heart’s desire is to express the love of God to those who are in need, and the truth of His word which can set them free. It is not only my opinion that makes me want to shout this, but it has been my experience. I would encourage all those considering my words, whether you are a believer or not, to allow God to paint his masterpiece of both mercy and truth upon the canvas of your heart.

Mandy Nevarez is one of the pastors at New Life Assembly of God. Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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