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Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

2 Samuel 9:8

A wayward son, an adulterous wife, a rebellious nation. In the Bible, God’s mercy extends to all three and many more who we would consider worthy of judgment. God is lavish — not stingy — with his mercy. He grants it generously to all who are undeserving.

Again and again, David provided a powerful example of God’s mercy. He had no legal responsibility to Jonathan’s son; he didn’t even know the young man was alive. Nor had Mephibosheth come to David asking for help. But in a show of God-like extravagant compassion and grace, David sought out Mephibosheth, called him to himself and gave him a place at his table.

God does the same for us. He draws us to himself with his love and tenderly provides for us, his children. It’s only because of his grace that we are saved. It’s only because of his love that we are invited to feast at his table. Who might benefit from a lavish display of mercy from you today? Is there someone you haven’t thought of in a long time who could use your help? As an act of worship, make a conscious effort to extend God’s grace to others today. Instead of judgment, show mercy. Instead of revenge, give forgiveness. Instead of anger, show love.

Lord, I need your help to be merciful to …

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