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Do you know what it means to be rich? The definition can shift. The number of dollars required to be rich in 1921 was vastly different than today. So, here’s a simple definition of rich — having a lot. Rich people have a lot of money, a lot of cars, a lot of clothes, a lot of jewelry, a lot of space in their house – even a lot of houses! That’s what we usually think of when we hear the word rich – someone with a lot.
But people can be rich in other things as well. If I say someone is rich in family, don’t you think of someone surrounded by smiling, loving people? If I say someone is rich with happiness, you probably visualize someone who is elated, beaming with joy. So, what do you think of when you hear the phrase “rich in mercy”? You should think of God. That’s how he is described in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” (NIV)
In other words, God has a lot of mercy! He is rich with mercy. His mercy is connected with his love and grace. Aren’t you glad? Instead of chasing the riches of wealth, perhaps we should try to be rich in mercy!
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