Why You Should Consider Taking the Mercy Challenge

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“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Lamentations 3:22-23 is one of my favorite verses. His faithfulness poured out for me. Never-ending.

Even as I can’t fathom such a thing, I also can’t get enough of it. 

I find its meaning especially rich after a day in which I’ve been stubborn, self-serving, or self-righteous. 

At the end of one of those days, I imagine God pulling out new mercies from His bottomless pocket. Sprinkling them down to completely cover me.

And then, sometimes I wonder why He continues to do it.

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Why Such Great Mercy?

Have you ever pondered the same question?

Day after day, we receive new mercies (thank God, because I certainly need them).

Day after day, God pardons our sins. He forgives our disobedience and obstinate hearts.

Why does He continue to put up with us?

Why does a God of justice give us yet another chance?

Why does a righteous God not tire of our willfulness and sprinkle His mercies on someone more deserving (besides the fact that no one is deserving)?

The beauty of this promise of mercy is that it is for all His children regardless of what we do or why we do it.

If we are His children, washed in the blood of Jesus, then His mercies are ours. Unconditionally!

Why? Because He loves us.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

He doesn’t ask what we’ve done or why we’ve done it. He doesn’t wait until we are good enough. 

God forgives. He offers grace. Because He loves us. Period.

God forgives. He offers mercy and grace. Because He loves us. Period. Share on X


My Kind of Mercy

Contrast that to my kind of mercy. It’s a kind with reservations. My, he-did-this-so-I-can’t-forgive kind of mercy. My holding-a grudge-because-I’ve-been-wronged kind of mercy.

Not really mercy at all. 

What if the Lord offered that kind of mercy? Forgiveness that has conditions, that requires being good enough or doing the right things. 

Psalm 130:3-4 affords the answer: 

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
(Psalm 130:3)

Consider that. What if the Lord “kept a record of sins” when considering our salvation?  

The Hebrew word for “kept a record of,” ṯiš·mōr, means keep, mark, observe. In other words, take note, remember. 

Oh my, if God would consider our sins, keep them, take note of them, we would have no hope!

But praise the Lord, we do have hope! 

But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:4

In Christ, there is always forgiveness for the repentant.

Forgiveness for us, and forgiveness for us to extend to others, sans conditions. 

Mercy Challenge

So how about it? Do you, like me, need to get better at offering mercy?

Are you ready to take the #mercychallenge with me?

Let’s try it this week. Let’s you and me try offering true, unconditional mercy this week. 

mercy challenge

To serve without asking why we should or why the individual deserves it. 

To empathize, put yourself in another’s shoes, not criticize. 

To love unconditionally. 

Contrast God's kind of mercy with your own. Then join me in taking the #mercychallenge. Share on X

Because love is what we are commanded to give…

…and how is it love to place conditions on mercy?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

Reflections: What’s one way you can show true mercy today? I’ll go first in the comments, then you can join in. 

I’m thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday and this week’s prompt, “when mercy is all I have.” I love these special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the images below to check them out.

By His Grace,



  1. Kim S on March 26, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Julie, beautiful response to #livefree today. I have a chance tonight to serve without grumbling – I accept the challenge! Thanks, Kim Stewart

  2. Julie Sunne on March 26, 2015 at 6:39 am

    For my mercy challenge today, I will serve my husband without grumbling or critical thoughts. Yes, that may include putting away a few things he should have. 🙂 Now it’s your turn. Go!

  3. Laura Polk on March 26, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Julie, I love the idea of a mercy challenge. You are so right that we often add qualifiers to the mercy we give. I’m taking the challenge! #livefree

    • Julie Sunne on March 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Now that I’m thinking about being merciful, I’m catching myself qualifying and taking steps to correct it, Laura. Awareness is a huge benefit of the mercy challenge.

  4. Suzie Eller on March 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Oh word, my kind of mercy pales. Thank you for this beautiful challenge. <3

    • Julie Sunne on March 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Mine does too, Suzie! Needing this challenge.

  5. Jodie on March 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I’m in on the challenge!

  6. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) on March 26, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I will NOT question Hubby’s thoughts on why he wants things done a certain way. Usually, we differ on the way things should be done in the process of going from point A to point B.

    • Julie Sunne on March 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Differing opinions can cause conflict, Cecelia, but there’s such beauty when we grow in the ability to offer mercy in the midst of the conflict.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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