What does it mean to be merciful?
What does it mean to receive mercy?
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
What does it mean to see God?
“Weeping washes the wounds clean And leaves them to heal, which always Takes an age or two. No pain Is ugly in past tense. Under The Mercy every hurt is a fossil Link in the great chain of becoming. Pick and shovel prayers often Turn them up in valleys of death.” - Eugene Peterson
You and I are not integrated, unified, whole persons. Our hearts are multi-divided. There is a board room in every heart. Big table. Leather chairs. Coffee. Bottled water. Whiteboard. A committee sits around the table. There is the social self, the privateRay Ortlund
self, the work self, the sexual self, the recreational self, the religious self, and others. The committee is arguing and debating and voting. Constantly agitated and upset. Rarely can they come to a unanimous, wholehearted decision. We tell ourselves we’re
this way because we’re so busy with so many responsibilities. The truth is, we’re just divided, unfocused, hesitant, unfree. That kind of person can “accept Jesus” in either of two ways. One way is to invite him onto the committee. Give him a vote too. But
then he becomes just one more complication. The other way to “accept Jesus” is to say to him, “My life isn’t working. Please come in and fire my committee, every last one of them. I hand myself over to you. I am your responsibility now. Please run my whole life for me.” “Accepting Jesus” is not just adding Jesus. It is also subtracting the idols.
“Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
“Create in me a clean heart.”