Part 3: THE FRAGRANCE OF THE ONE WHO IS AN EMERALD MERCYSTONE
And in Psalm 51:1b, "Have mercy upon me, O GOD, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."
GOD’S Mercy comes from His Love, where every good thing stems from, without it we are nothing and have nothing. His Mercy is a precious Emerald Stone like His Love for us which is unending and there is nothing that can separate us from His Love (Romans 8:38-39). In it we can be forgiven of our sin, transgressions and iniquities; we can release burdens that are not ours to carry and put off all weights that keep us from going deeper into the things of GOD and claiming our inheritance (Hebrews 12:1). He says all these things are “blotted out”. This implies that our works are being written and if we have bad works written in our books (for each of us have a book filled with GOD’S Perfect Will for our lives), then they can be erased for good, cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).
So, what does this mean for us who desire to be His Emerald Stones? It means that we ought to be seeking all the fruits of GOD to be manifest in us, not just mercy or patience. Many seek after the gifts of GOD, His power, churches or ministries, fame or honor often forgetting about needing good character to handle such labels and pressures imposed by people; and such things should never give glory to man, but only to GOD. Of course, there are reasons His people need to operate in gifts as He wills, but we shouldn’t seek them, we seek The Merciful Giver of the gifts. And yes, Believers should honor one another both in love and as led by GOD because the honor can only ever come from Holy Spirit.
I’ve looked around me for the past few years and this is all of what I see in some shape, way or form in many of GOD’S people, not all, but most. What’s most important is that I recognized that I, too, became corrupt with these selfish ways of man on top of what cleansing my soul already needed. And for it, I repented to GOD and lean upon His Mercy to keep me from it every day even now...this has tremendously caused much healing, deliverance, freedom and victory to flood my life! May all seek to discover the logs in our own eyes, seek GOD for His purification so that not only are we cleansed, but we can become qualified by Him to help to encourage and edify one another to do the same. And let us not take offense with anyone who professes to believe in Yeshua Jesus that refuses to do so, then turns around with the intent to point the finger at us for trying to help as we have been commissioned to do. Also, let us be discerning of spirits as GOD allows because not all who say they want peace are sincere, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Let us take our peace with us and have mercy on those who “won’t hear or see” in silence and keep doing the Will of GOD in our lives with and for others: the oppressed, the broken-hearted, the poor, the sick, the widow, the orphan and all who need The Love of Jesus in their lives, for I know I need more of His Love (Can't have enough of it). See…in all of this, we can become Emerald Mercy Stones because Love motivates us and we have received The Lord’s Mercy. We know where we have come from, but we also have come to know who we are in Him and what we are called to do according to GOD’S Purpose and Plan for our lives. Oh Lord, let us be refined and cleansed, that we may be empty for the purpose of being filled up to overflowing with Your Character, covered with Your Name!
Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth The LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?”
GOD’S Mercy is something which requires His Love becoming our love. GOD is Mercy so if we love Him, we love Mercy. If we don’t love Mercy, we don’t truly love GOD. This can be hard to accomplish in our own power, like everything, right?... because we need to be willing to work with HOLY SPIRIT and His fruits. One fruit mentioned already is Love but this scripture also mentions Humility. It can be hard to have mercy for another who has wronged us, on top of having to also humble ourselves. But, if we first remember that it is not us that can do anything and that we have a Helper, we can’t go wrong. We have to be willing to fully submit and surrender our will to GOD, which many Believers do not like to do or even know that they should; I know there was a point I didn’t realize I needed to do this and even now this is something I have to carefully lay before GOD daily. Nonetheless, He helps every time we ask in my experience. The more aware we are, the more we walk in this Oneness with Him where we can be Loving, Humble and, thus, Merciful…as beautiful Emerald Mercy Gemstones being built up together and laying upon foundation after foundation of other Colorful and Precious Gemstones.
And further in the Sermon on the Mount, YESHUA says in Matthew 6:14-15,
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
GOD’S Mercy is conditional to an extent…the extent to which we are willing to choose to allow GOD to have mercy on us by learning to forgive others. GOD in ALL of Who He is cannot forgive someone who refuses to forgive others because He is Righteous, Good and Holy. Now, someone may say, “where is the Love? He’s GOD so He should understand that people aren’t perfect, plus there are people who do really awful and terrible things to others so I shouldn’t be held responsible for what someone else has done.” I believe JESUS would say something in response to this person like, “The Father does understand that people are not perfect and that because of sin and death, really bad things happen to people who the world deems innocent. But, let’s remember some facts: I came into this world to die for all of mankind, for they fall short of the glory of GOD and are sinners. All they need to do is to just be willing to believe in Me. I did not deserve to die, for I was a perfect and just man who gave up My life as a sacrifice in place of EVERY sin that mankind, including you, have committed…I was held responsible. I died, went to the grave and hell. BUT Praise GOD, I was raised from death by My Father’s Resurrecting Power and Holy Spirit…defeating sin and death because of My sacrificial act of Love so that anyone who would love Me and obey Me might have everlasting life. The wages of sin is death. I paid that price once and for all. There is nothing else you or anyone can do to atone for mankind's sins. All I ask is for you to forgive as you have been forgiven. Now would you, a man, give your life for Love?” This is the part many people don’t understand and some of us who do sometimes forget in a moment of hurt and anger that we are to take up his cross, deny and die to self, and follow Him EVERYDAY. We will ONLY able to do this with His Abundant and Tender Mercies (Emeralds). Right now, say “Lord, have mercy on us for we choose to have mercy!”
Daniel 4:27 says, “Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.”
GOD’S Mercy is something that will come upon anyone who is willing at ANY point in this life to stop sinning and become fed up with the enemies’ traps and strongholds, Believer and Unbeliever alike. It is also something that one mature Believer can advise another to do with grace on their lips. Not because the mature is more important or better than the other caught in sin. It is only because a mature Follower will know the manner in which to go about counseling another while FILLED with Holy Spirit, the Discerner of All Hearts, so that the other may be restored and/or brought to repentance to GOD. See… it’s not about us, it’s All about GOD and His plans for souls. For us it is also a process of refining, like the process of what an Emerald goes through. Anyone turning their life around for the good in GOD will have their life and blessings full of gemstones according to this scripture.
Without shame or condemnation, we can come boldly to The Throne of Grace and say today, “Father, thank you for giving an atonement for me in Jesus and washing me in His blood. Thank you for Your Mercy and yet, please Lord, Have Mercy on me...oh Mercy, guide me, protect my House, shower me with Your Love. I want You…nothing and no one else, just You. I know that in having You, all people and things meant to be in my life will be effortlessly placed at Your appointed time. For I do not know what tomorrow will bring, let alone, the rest of today. Purify and cleanse my heart for Your Word says it’s desperately wicked. Renew in me a right spirit and fill me up with the fruits of Your Spirit that I may show mercy on others daily. I just thank you Lord for You and for cleansing my mind, my thoughts, my lips, my works, my walk, my family, my church or ministry, my community, my state, my nation, my brothers and sisters in The Kingdom who are all Your sons and daughters. I thank you that you are preparing me and all whom You have chosen for these last days that I may be used by You to prepare The Way for Your Coming! I cherish our relationship and I love you so much, thank you for Your Lovingkindness. I speak all these things trusting You hear my sincere heart in the Name and Character of Jesus my Messiah, Amen!”
Blessings, Mercy and Glory rest upon us, be in us and exude from us!