The Reward of Mercy Must Be Earned

There are times when we feel we have earned a reward and have not received it. In some instances we may be aware that our actions have not merited a reward, and we may even be suffering in consequence. We may then pray to God for mercy.

The actual nearness of this mercy is brought out in a lovely promise in one of the Psalms, "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."  Ps. 145:9; In this same Psalm we are told: "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. . . . The Lord preserveth all them that love him." Many Bible promises are thus closely related to some action necessary on our part. Things don't just happen. Our experience is the result of our thinking. We must be worthy of the blessings God is continually bestowing on us.

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