Grace, Mercy and Truth

On Fridays I join the community at Kate Motaung’s blog. We write for five minutes on a prompt. Today’s word is: TRUTH

It was one of those nights—I woke up at 2:00 am and could not go back to sleep. I picked up a Bess Crawford mystery, thinking that I would just read a couple chapters. Three hours later I put the book down, hoping to get a couple hours of sleep before my day began.

Bess Crawford is a fictional character drawn from the imagination of a mother/son writing team (Charles Todd). Bess is a WWII nurse that goes to the front as a surgical nurse. Sometimes she has a reprieve, and she is assisting convalescing soldiers or tracking down relatives. But always she is pursuing truth and serving the patients she encounters with compassion.

The end of each book brings a sense of satisfaction. The truth has been discovered and Bess has acted with courage and kindness. //

There is a deep yearning in the human heart for truth.

David, the shepherd and later the king, lived through a turbulent time in Israel. His thoughts are captured in the Psalms. Psalm 25 is attributed to David.

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10 KGV

Another translation of this verse adds insight.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10 ESV

When life takes unexpected turns we can trust the faithfulness of God. His word stabilizes us. The importance of truth is highlighted in this verse:

Send out your light and truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

God is the source of truth. We need the word of God in our lives. When our world is chaotic we can find truth by following Jesus.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Did you notice that mercy and truth are connected in scripture? Only the Lord Jesus can offer us grace as we confront the reality of sin. Praise God that he provides mercy and grace for us!

I’m sharing this post with Five Minute Friday, Literacy Musing Monday,  Faith on Fire and Grace & Truth

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

11 Comments on “Grace, Mercy and Truth

  1. Carol – I am your neighbor at #LMM – this Bess Crawford series sounds right up my alley – I am needing a good mystery series, its been a long while. I also love the #FMF community even though I don’t get to join often, so it is fun to read a post from there today. And, I love how you weaved in the scriptures at the end about truth and mercy being weaved together. Blessings to you

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  2. The Bess Crawford mysteries sound interesting. I love the scriptures you shared. I’m so glad mercy and truth go together. God is so faithful to forgive and to set us on the right path.

    Blessings to you!

  3. Excellent article Carol. Your choices of scripture are great ones and the way you spoke encouraged me. Thanks for sharing the way Christ manifest His Spirit in the way you live. Truth is more than honesty because it requires an admission to our innermost selves the undeniable existence of God. Thanks for expressing your truths.

  4. Carol, Love your flower picture for this post. Yes, we do yearn for truth. I know when I find out I have been lied to or mislead I feel horrible and cheated. Thankfully, we can always trust God to tell us the truth. Always. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’ve never heard of these books. I’ll have to check them out! You are right: we long for truth. Even when we don’t realize it. Thank you for the reminder that truth comes through Christ. He is the truth, after all! Glad to be your neighbor at FMF this week!

    1. The next book I am reading is An Impartial Witness by the pen name,Charles Todd. But I will make sure that I don’t have a busy schedule when I start the book! lol
      Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Thanks for sharing these great insights! I love the depth and meaning of Scripture! I’m your neighbor this week at FMF. Keep up the good work!

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