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As Mercy journeyed, a conversation caught His attention. Two men in the square, one boasting in himself loudly, with his head held high, the other beat his chest with great sighs looking to the ground. Audacity proclaimed “Lord I thank you that I am not like other men, I am not bad like those sinners, especially the one standing behind me!” The pharisee continued in his embellishments not seeing that the Lord was in his midst. Mercy moved beyond the deafening pride to hear the unpolished confession of the publican. He whispered “Lord I will not hide my wickedness, I am guilty – Have mercy upon me.” Mercy’s attention fastened on the broken soul; he had discovered his ultimate need, to receive mercy! Mercy put His hand out and touched the clenched fists; He began speaking these living words – “You are justified, Go in peace”. The publican was quiet and attentive, shame had been lifted from his heart. He was not the same man that he was a few moments ago, he was now living in the righteousness of Mercy, ALL has been paid for, ALL is new. The insurmountable debt was satisfied and he is made whole.
Mercy was ready to take the burdens of both men but only one allowed Him to. Mercy is calling – what will you say? Luke 18:9-14.