Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Prerogative Of Mercy








Thursday February 16

Bible Reading:     Romans 3: 21 - 31

Topic:         The Prerogative Of Mercy

Constitutionally, every State Governor and the President have the power to pardon a convict.

That power to pardon a convict is called the prerogative of mercy.

If you follow current affairs you will remember the pardon the former President Goodluck Jonathan granted to the now late Alemiyesigha the former Governor of Bayelsa State. Alamiyesigha was a convict but when Goodluck became the President, perhaps to appreciate Alamiyesigha for choosing him as the Deputy Governor then, Goodluck pardoned Alamiyesigha.

And the implication  was that all the guilt and conviction were quashed and Alamiyesigha became legally clear as if he never committed any crime.

In our text, we see that we are ".... justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (v. 24)

The meaning is that by God's Law and standard of righteousness, we have been "tried" and found "guilty", but by His Prerogative of Mercy, He has pardoned us, absolved us of our sins and counted us as worthy of His mercy.

This we can get by grace through faith when we penitently seek His pardon and when we get it, we preserve it by humility because it was grace that brought in God's Prerogative of Mercy.

Prayer:
Lord, exercise Your prerogative of mercy over my life and give me the grace to maintain Your pardon through humility and consistent walk with Thee, Amen

Memory verse:   Romans 3: 23
"For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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