Mercy Reigns

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Compassion can transform the world…one person at a time.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Acts 9:17

“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the holy Spirit.”

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When Saul was blinded by a flash of light on the way to Damascus…he was heading there to persecute Christians (he was “breathing murderous threats”).

He had been responsible for dragging Christians from their homes to be imprisoned…and many certainly were killed.

This is the man that Jesus chose as his instrument of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness and compassion!

God’s ways are clearly not the ways of humans!

God sees each of us as a precious daughter or sonno matter what we’ve done.

God sees our infinitely good core.

God knows that many of us are living inattentional blindness…when we are oblivious to something in plain sight…like our oneness with all humanity.

So in the case of Saul, the risen Jesus spoke to a man named Ananias and told him to go to Saul and lay hands on him so that he might regain his sight.

We read the words of Ananias in today’s scripture verse above.

What followed was the transformation of Saul into the one who would become known as St. Paul.

Instead of punishment and retribution…Christ responded to Saul with mercy and compassion.

This is what changes hearts.

How might each of us respond in the same way to someone in our lives?

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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