True Mercy Causes Celebration

True Mercy Causes Celebration

October 15

Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:1-7

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (v. 7).

Prior to his Damascus Road experience, the Apostle Paul’s sole claim to fame was being a persecutor of Christians. If ever there was someone “worthy” of God’s justice, it was Paul.

Of course, this also meant he was a prime candidate for receiving God’s mercy. Paul understood what a great gift he had received, and he celebrated it for the rest of his life. This attitude is the underlying theme of his letters, many of which, like Philippians, were written while he was incarcerated. In today’s passage, Paul is trying to infuse other believers with the joy that comes from receiving God’s mercy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (v. 4). When I think about the ways God has shown me mercy, rejoicing is a natural response!

Lord, as your mercies are new every day, let our joy be renewed also. AMEN.

About the Author

Nilwona E. Nowlin /// I live on the far south side of Chicago in the Roseland community, where I was born and raised. I serve on the ministerial team of Kingdom Covenant Church, which is also located in Roseland. I have a master of arts in Christian formation and master’s of nonprofit administration from North Park University and am currently working on an MDiv. In my spare time (what’s that?!), I enjoy reading fiction and writing in various genres. Earlier this year, I became fascinated with electronic jigsaw puzzles, and they’ve become a unique self-care activity.

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