One Powerful Paragraph Saturated with Christ and Gospel Truth

Streams of Mercy by Gerhard Richter

From the first sentence to last there is enough in this one paragraph to meditate for a month. (The capitalization and color emphasis is mine.)

“Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of each new day, all we will get from God as believers in Jesus is MERCY. Whatever pleasures or pains may come our way in this day, they will all be MERCY. This is why Christ came into the world—“in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his MERCY” (Romans 15:9). We were born again “according to his great MERCY” (1 Peter 1:3); we pray daily “that we may receive mercy” (Hebrews 4:16); and we are now “waiting for the MERCY of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude 1:21). If any Christian proves trustworhy, it is “by the Lord’s MERCY [he] is trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 7:25). In the end, when all is said and done, we will confess, “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has MERCY” (Romans 9:16).

John Piper
Life as a Vapor (Multnomah, 2004), 57.


ἐλεάω or ἐλεέω; ἔλεος, ους n: to show kindness or concern for someone in serious need—‘to show mercy, to be merciful toward, to have mercy on, mercy.’   

Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 750). New York: United Bible Societies.

“Mercy, (mer’se) noun
1. The infrequent art of turning thumbs up on an old antagonist at the end of one’s rapier.”

Calvin Miller (1975) The Singer, 105.

The mercy of God, expressed to us in the cross of Christ is an infinite well to explore. May you never grow tired of going to that well to drink your fill. My you live in praise of a God who has turned his thumb up because of the merits of Christ on your behalf.

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