Mercy – Not Merit

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.” 
(Matthew 11:25-26)

His mercy is not moved by any good in us, neither is it kept back by our undeserving; for neither our merit, nor our misery, can be said to have had any hand in disposing the purposes of His sovereign will towards us. That the Lord hath taken occasion from our misery, to magnify the abounding riches of his mercy, is true; but then his mercy was before our misery, and His own everlasting love the sole cause of our blessedness in Christ, therefore our Lord’s own words are most blessed in point: “Even so Father for so it seemed good in thy sight!” 

Robert Hawker

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