Lord, Have Mercy
John Piper asked his congregation to pray that he would be a man of mercy... that he would know God's mercy so deeply - that it was his first response to things. Oh! How I want that... that when I hear something about someone or when I get hit by something ... my first reaction is that of mercy. Oh, I can eventually get there (usually)- but what if it came first? What if it were my natural reaction. Oh! Lord, let me know Your mercy!
Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light. -CS LEWIS