By the Mercies of God

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

I had memorized this verse as a child and it is still one of my favorites. It is a constant reminder of the way that God wants us to live our lives. I had always focused on the “Do not conform but be transformed.” However, in the past two weeks, I have come across this verse so many times that I stopped and asked God what new thing He wanted me to learn from this. I had been asking for a better understanding of His mercy and grace, and as God always does, He directed me to the first part of the verse, “by the mercies of God.”

I began thinking of His mercies, all the mercies that Paul had been talking about in the first 11 chapters of Romans. God has provided salvation for sinners who cannot save themselves. He opens a way to a loving relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. He gives people a whole new life. It was God’s plan to bring the Jews as well as the Gentiles together into His family. When we reflect on God’s heart of mercy it makes us want to serve and obey Him in return. As we do so, we will break into praise and worship, living for Him out of gratitude, love, and obedience because we are so overwhelmed and in awe of what an amazing God we have. Will you take a few minutes right now to pray, listing to God all that He IS and all that He has done for you, His dearly beloved child?