It’s hard for anyone to truly value mercy without having been taught or shown the full extent of the law. This is one of the reasons that the message of the cross matters so much. I don’t believe that Christians or non-Christians, for the most part, take or gain any pleasure in the death of others. Yes, someone might feel relieved of some mental stress after having heard that a particular “enemy” has died. Yet, the death of any person on this earth is no guarantee that our suffering has immediately stopped once and for all.
In war time, everyone suffers. On this earth, everyone suffers because we’re always at war both with our own selves and with others in one form or another.
There’s plenty of air for everyone to breathe. Nevertheless, we sometimes act as if one person is breathing most of the air than others, while we’re actually the ones holding our own breath until a certain issue has been resolved or a certain expected outcome had come forth.
If the church was to look and seek something of common with the world, it would simply be that the church and the world suffer, yet not alike. The church suffers as she awaits the Lord’s return. The world suffers due to lack of hope in Christ, lack of knowledge of Christ. Today, looking at the church, you could almost say that the church is mostly suffering due to having forgotten their hope in Christ.
Christ didn’t have an easy life on this earth. Although he was doing his Father’s work, the Bible bears minimal record of Jesus carrying out the agenda of Joseph, his paternal legal guardian who raised him until he was of age to care for his own self and others.
Moving forward, he celebrated feasts and helped many others. Yet, at a certain stage in earthly life, he got the run again just as the time when he was to be born.
As Christians, we’re always on the run moving from one ailment to another. As non-Christians, we’re always on the run moving from one false hope to another. The law is useless against our ailments. The law of sin and death brings no hope, but punishment. As a result, it’s almost impossible to value grace, until we have seen the limitations of the law.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
Many of our brethren in Christ today are volunteering themselves as representatives of the law of sin and death, without having been authorized to do so. I used to do so myself. It’s very easy for someone to do such a thing, specially when they realize how burdensome it is for them to try keeping a law while others are vagrantly ignoring such law.
But the law had never healed anyone of any illness. It has never stopped a bullet. It has never stopped a tree from falling. It has never stopped others from engaging in wars.
While grace may choose not to presently heal anyone of his physical illness, yet he will heal him of his fear of the illness. While grace may choose not stop a bullet in its path, he will work in the hearts of the victims and the perpetrators to see each other as brothers rather than enemies and thus be comforted with mercy, forgiveness and love. While grace may not stop others from physically dying, yet he is their assurance of their physical resurrection at the appointed time.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)
For as long as we’re allowed to breathe, let’s breathe and let others breathe. Christ is our hope to breathe so that others come to the knowledge of God, through Him, the glory of God, the love of God.
As Paul had shared to Titus,
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)