The story is told that, while walking around the perimeter of a castle wall one evening, King Richard the Lionheart was struck in the shoulder and neck by an archer’s arrow. Days later, as he lay close to death, he asked that the captured archer be brought before him. As the would-be assassin stood before the dying King, expecting to hear the order of execution, he heard these words instead:
King Richard then ordered the young man to be freed, and given 100 shillings.
The Bible says that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It was our sins that nailed Jesus to the cross.
It was HIS mercy that cried out, “Father, forgive them.”
It was HIS grace that put all of the riches and resources of Heaven at our disposal.
As we enter into a week of Thanksgiving for all of God’s goodness toward us, let us all remember to put His mercy and grace at the top of the list.