Eyes of Mercy reminds us that to immerse ourselves in God’s Word is to soak in the very depths of His heart. The eyes of our understanding are enlightened as we gain revelation of His character. This impacts how we view ourselves and how we view others. For the very throne of God declares, “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” The death in our nature is carried away by the River of Life that issues from His throne. Washed by these waters, we discover that there is no force stronger than God’s love for His people.
James 1:17-18 (VOICE) Every good gift bestowed, every perfect gift received comes to us from above, courtesy of the Father of lights. He is consistent. He won’t change His mind or play tricks in the shadows. We have a special role in His plan. He calls us to life by His message of truth so that we will show the rest of His creatures His goodness and love.
A word from Elisa Eaton of Waiting in the Wings is connected to this.
The response this lion evokes is precisely what the Father has been showing me about Himself in the area of grace. Grace is about how someone stronger can be a refuge and helper for someone who is weaker. I feel like, because of those deeply merciful eyes, I could go and hug that lion and bury my face in His mane. Instead of fearing I might be destroyed, I know I would be safe because He is my friend.
God sees the afflictions of His children and extends mercy in the midst of them. He knows our frame and that we are but dust. Often when I cry out to the Father over my failings and my weakness, He will be quick to remind me that I have “grace upon grace upon grace”. I admit that this word has been so overused that, for me, it had no meaning. To hear I had triple grace brought no comfort. If I am broken, how does grace actually fix me?
Yet grace is a powerful and active attribute of God’s nature. Mercy and compassion are all wrapped up in it. In Hebrew thought, one of the pictures of grace is a superior person who stoops down to bestow kindness on their inferior. I am always given strength when Abba stoops down to bestow favor upon me. It overwhelms me that the amazing gifts and calling the Father has given me are irrevocable. He never changes His mind about us or His purpose for our lives. And this is precisely what draws me to try harder when I’m ready to give up. My Father’s grace gives me the strength to dust myself off, get back up on my horse, and continue with my commission.
People who have this attribute of grace have this same impact on others. Grace-filled people are a refuge and a help to the helpless. Like their Father, they look upon others with eyes of mercy. They are moved with compassion to bestow this same rich love and lift up the beggar from the ash heap.
A word from Words to Ponder (a part of the Quickened Word Ministry) called “Falling Short of My Image” is connected to this.
My dear battered child, how often you whip yourself with condemnation and self battered thoughts! I simply do NOT condemn you like this. This condemnation places a wall of separation between us, and keeps you from receiving My love. Yes, I understand you have fallen short. Yes, I understand you have failed to measure up to My image. But I understand even deeper than you, that much of your failings are due to wounds you can not heal.
When what you see does not measure up in your attitudes and your behavior, all I ask is that You not hide from the truth, but offer it up to Me in confession. Ask for My forgiveness and My touch to make you whole. My love covers a multitude of failings, dear one. I AM infinitely more patient than you are, and I see the end from the beginning. When I see you, I see your level of maturity and the fallen places that need healing and I understand. I send exactly what you need to raise up My full stature into your life, through one simple step at a time.
Pour out your heart to Me with confession and yielding, for I will listen to every word. I wrap My arms around you, precious one, and just ask you to rest. Come now and rest, rest, rest. Rest in My arms of love.
Heb 4:15-16 NKJV For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Eph 4:1-3 NLT … lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.
There is a disparity between how God sees you and how you see yourself. He wants to close that gap. From His perspective, He sees a parallel between your actions and His. This mercy He exudes is a part of His character you mirror beautifully and in doing so glorify Him. Extend the same mercy unto yourself that you do for others. See yourself through the same love and generosity that your heart naturally gives. Continue to mirror His actions and His heart reflecting His love to a lost and dying world… a world that includes you.
A Prophetic Nugget called “Bathe Luxuriously in My Word” from our Dyed4you Ministries blog is connected to this.
Psalm 119:130 (VOICE) When Your words are unveiled, light shines forth; they bring understanding to the simple.
Beloved, I bring wisdom through the revelation of My word. My word is a conduit for truth and understanding. As you wash yourself in it (taking the time to luxuriously bathe), I impart to you via divine revelation truths you have not yet known.
Seek Me, beloved. My word is My heart laid bare, know Me. Hear My heart cry and feel the depth of My longing for the hearts of My people. For the more of Me that is hidden in their hearts, the more radiant they become, and that glow draws others home to Me. A beautiful gift from My beloved to Me.
The name of the silk hidden in this image is Heart of Compassion. The colors in it are seafoam green representing mercy, kelly green representing healing tears of intercession, turquoise representing rivers of life, amethyst representing the joyful message of the Kingdom, and plum representing authority.
Father, thank You for Your tender eyes of mercy. We know how much we desperately need it. May we accurately reflect your heart to others and in doing so be reminded of the cost of extending mercy thereby never losing sight of your grace and love toward us. Be glorified in our thoughts, words, and actions, Lord. We love you!