Make Way for Mercy
2 Sam 13:37-39 David’s heart longed to go out to Absalom….
Every friend of God has a heartfelt desire to be at peace with everyone. How we act (or fail to act) upon that inner longing can determine the outcome of our strained relationships.
2 Sam 14:1-7 the avenger of blood…
The one who has been wronged has the power to release someone from the debt of their sin through forgiveness. Heaven’s relational economy is entirely based on remaining forgiven of our debts by forgiving others of theirs.
2 Sam 14:8-14 …plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.
God has provided such a way through the cross – a demonstration that for all who choose to return home, there will be open arms or mercy waiting – not judgment and punishment.
David failed to do this…
2 Sam 14:15-24 Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.
In the waiting time between the offense and the reconciliation, it is upon us to guard our hearts against offense and walk toward mercy. This is a supernatural work of healing and grace, and becomes more necessary the larger the “debt” of sin owed.
Luke 15:20-23 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate…
When we have been wronged, it is our responsibility to make sure that when repentance domes, the one who sinned against us has an easy way home. We cannot force their repentance, but we can be ready with open arms if and when they arrive.
the best robe (the one worn by the father himself)
“I will cover the shame of your sin, since love covers a multitude of offenses. I don’t want anyone else to see you like this.”
a ring on his hand (the family signet ring)
“You are family to me, and I view you as an equal in grace, not as a second-class member of this family “
sandals on his feet (the sign of sonship – not servanthood)
“You will not need to earn your way back into my good graces – your repentance is “payment” enough.”
the fattened calf (The preparation of hope)
“I have been looking forward to this day for some time, and have been thinking about you ever since you left.”