In the late 80s/early 90s, many families spent Friday nights gathered around their televisions watching the TGIF lineup on ABC. Full House was one of the most beloved family sitcoms. John Stamos played the loveable, Uncle Jesse, who is best remembered by his catchphrase, “Have mercy!”
While Uncle Jesse’s weekly need for mercy amused us, our need for mercy is no laughing matter. Mercy becomes a joke only when we fail to realize how desperate we are for it. When we realize the gravity of our sin and our inability to save ourselves from its power and consequences, our hearts should earnestly call out to God, “Have mercy!”
Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow than diminish the great mercy of God.”
Christ’s mercy is to be treasured and celebrated, but this is not possible when we possess a casual regard for sin.