Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:13-14)

You can never lose sight of the fact that you are a product of God’s mercy.There’s no other way to say it. God let you off the hook even when you didn’t deserve to be let off the hook.

Because of this, we need to be willing to let others off the hook. We need to be willing to show others the same mercy we have received.

Paul plainly admitted that he is no better than anyone else. In fact, he said that he was worse than everyone else. He called himself the “chief” of sinners. The worst of the bunch. Now, the truth is, I only think he said that because he never met me. But you get the point. Paul is saying that our lives are built on mercy.

This gives us two good reasons to show mercy to others.

First, we show mercy to others because we have received mercy. “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

Second, we show mercy because we need mercy. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Some outside the church think the Christian life is all about judging others and condemning others and looking down on others. Unfortunately, some inside the church think the same thing.

That’s not what this life is about.

It’s about mercy.