Wednesday, May 16, 2012

On Revival

“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:36-38

Ray Ortlund:
Surely, this is one of our Lord’s ordained pathways into revival.

He is not saying we can earn a good measure of divine blessing. But his grace leads us into more than a position of mercy before God. His grace also leads us into participation in the mercy of God: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

A merciful heart feels for the offender. A merciful mind enters the experience of the offender, to understand his or her weakness. A merciful will chooses a generous outlook. Our Father is like that. That is what we believe and teach. And gospel doctrine always creates a gospel culture.
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