Devotional: A House of Mercy
Every home has different dynamics. Our homes might look, feel, and operate in different ways than our families, friends, or loved ones homes. Some homes might have a prevailing feeling, or a dominant scent, or perhaps a common language with their own idioms and phrases. In the Kingdom of God, Jesus’ home dynamic is that of mercy. He is full of mercy, looks to give mercy, and welcomes us with open arms. His mercy is compassion toward those who need it – His children. God’s Kingdom is a home that we find ourselves in, able to receive God’s unending supply of benevolence toward our needs and weaknesses.
Questions for Meditation
- What is unique about the setting in John 5:1-15? Why was it such a big deal that Jesus was where he was at?
- What were the questions that were asked? Why are they significant?
- What questions do you have that have gone unasked toward God? How would your life change if you began asking for mercy?
- The mercy that Jesus displayed in this passage didn’t ask for qualifications or certain conditions; it was unwarranted and unmerited. What aspects of his life did mercy cover for this man?
- How can mercy cover us today? What does it take for us to receive mercy that can cover our character?
- Why do we often minimize the impact of mercy by seeing it as momentary and not lasting? How can you receive mercy today – not just for a moment, but to carry it out as a movement?