Walking the dog early in the morning the words of an old hymn floated through my mind. It wasn’t long before my voice joined with my mind and I began to sing softly.
“Mercy there was great and grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me. There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.” By William Reed and Daniel B. Tower
Wow! That’s it. In the one short stanza was everything I needed. Mercy, grace, pardon and liberty are needed not just once in my life but these are needed on a daily basis.
Mercy: Refraining from harming or punishing offenders, enemies. It can mean kindness in excess of what is expected, fairness, forbearance and compassion. There are other meanings but reading these definitions caused rejoicing in my soul because this is exactly what I received from Jesus when I came to him.
If Jesus extended these to me, should I not also extend them to those in my circle of influence? Fairness, forbearance, compassion, and kindness are within my power to grant but there are times I don’t. What a scale to measure me by.
Grace: The unmerited love and favor of God toward man. Believe it or not, I found this definition when I looked up grace in the dictionary. Amazing.
Often I have heard grace described as “God’s riches at Christs expense.” The more I think about that statement the more I am humbled. God so loved me that He sent His son to to die for my sins. That’s love.
Pardon: To release from further punishment, to cancel from or not exact a penalty and to excuse or forgive.
My sins are pardoned and I receive eternal life and not eternal punishment. My sins are not held to my account since Jesus wiped my slate clean. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
Liberty: Freedom or release from.
How rich I am in Christ Jesus. Scripture tells us whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Free from the guilt of tomorrow and the guilt of my past. Free from my sins and transgression. I have been liberated from those things that held me chained to my past and free to walk in the light of God’s love.
None these things, mercy, grace, pardon, and liberty are taken for granted. I need them every day. Fully human I make mistakes and sin. I need to come to my Heavenly Father and He is faithful to impart what I need.
The first 7 words of the last stanza sum it all up. “O the love that drew salvations plan.”