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"PROVOKED" By Franklin Trainer.


The Math of Mercy

May 24

"Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied."  Jude 2





"It is the idiom of all ages to state that we are at the mercy of GOD ..."


Defined Biblically, mercy is the compassionate withholding of some justified discipline or punishment; and is occasionally amplified further in the Scripture as tender mercy.  "The LORD is good to all: and HIS tender mercies are over all HIS works."  Though the term itself is used sparingly throughout Scripture, its dispensing toward sinners shows up in exceedingly generous proportion.  In fact, were it not for mercy, our entire race would have met with annihilation long ago.  "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because HIS compassions fail not."  It is the idiom of all ages to state that we are at the mercy of GOD; and since "the wages of sin is death", only the fool demands what he has coming to him!  'Life just isn't fair' ... is the boast of the born again who live to praise GOD that it isn't.  

"WHO redeemeth thy life from destruction; WHO crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;"  Mercy is the antecedent of all the graces of GOD; the common denominator in every equation of salvation.  All of the religious multiplication tables invented of men, yet absent the mercy of the ONE true GOD, end by failing to solve man's sin problem.

"... looking for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST unto eternal life."  When man's heart fell into sin and began to fibrillate with the consequential throws of death; mercy was the AED given of GOD, to shock us to conviction, and bring us back to life ... "Through the tender mercy of our GOD; whereby the DAYSPRING from on high hath visited us,"  JESUS has always been the first responder and sole attending physician at the crisis scene of every soul ... Amen & Amen!    

"Remember, O LORD, THY tender mercies ... for they have been ever of old."




For Love of Country

William Samuel Johnson (1727-1819)
(Signature to the U. S. Constitution)



"Your first great duties, if you are sensible, are those you owe to Heaven, to your CREATOR and REDEEMER.  Let these be ever present to your minds, and exemplified in your lives and conduct."

(to the first graduating class of Columbia after the Revolutionary War)