Ephesians2:4 (TPT) But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy.

We were the subjects of the first three verses (see Eph.2:1-3) which describe how we were still a mess despite our good intentions and best efforts, “But God, who is so rich in compassion and mercy” came to our rescue. The Greek word here is plusios, and it means “filthy rich.” Pluto, whose name was derived from this word, was the god of wealth in Greek mythology. This is also where we get the English word plutocrat, which is defined as someone who is so rich he has influence over other people. “God, who is rich in compassion and mercy,” uses His wealth to influence us and win us over. God is rich in mercy, which is grace in action. When grace is displayed toward man, it is called mercy. Mercy brings God’s grace to lost man.

This principle is also seen in man. God has given to each of His children the measure of faith. Faith is the means of receiving God’s grace, but it does no good until it is put into action. When faith is put into action, it is called believing. Believing is faith in action. Faith produces the ability within people to receive the grace of God. God’s grace always comes first so our faith has something to receive. Mercy is God reaching out to man, and believing is man reaching out to God.

Maybe now you can begin to get a small picture of the greatness of God’s love to us. Think of what He had to love— nothing! That is why this verse says, “But God still loved us with such great love.” The love of God staggers the imagination. “For God so loved the world that he gave…” (John 3:16). Only God is capable of so much love.

As Christians, God expects that we love others and be merciful and compassionate toward all men. We know that we are believers and that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren (1John 3:14).

Go into today knowing that God’s mercy abounds towards you and He is ever merciful and compassionate towards you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your undeserved mercies upon my life. Help me with grace to show unreserved mercy to all men. Amen
—George Evuarherhe Djorhogba

Bible In One Year: Psalms 149-150 (In Devotional Audio)
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