In the coming months, people will begin to emerge from a season of great delusion. They will feel betrayed, wounded, and used because they believed what they were told to believe and obeyed the edicts given to them. They entered this season of bondage without exercising discernment that would have allowed them to see deeper than just the manipulated surface evidence that garnered their acceptance and support of the very things that held them hostage.
When these victims of social and spiritual engineering walk back into our lives, they will need to experience the mercy of God. Our ability to extend mercy will reveal whether in this time of division and separation we carried the compassion of God or aligned our hearts with a spirit of retribution.
Some will use this time as an opportunity to punish those who were the facilitators and instruments of control used to force compliance. That choice will cause them to live outside the redemptive plan of God.
As you ponder your response to what is coming, do not be too cavalier thinking the choice to extend mercy will come easily. It won’t. It will go against all our natural instincts. God’s justice will have its way if those who profess to follow the Lord choose to walk in His mercy no matter how challenging that choice will be or who it might offend.
As God’s plan of mercy unfolds, those who created the deception and those who did their bidding, but now see the error of their ways, will join with the mercy-extenders to become a force for change in the Church and culture. God never allows a tragedy to go to waste. It is only a waste if mercy is not present. God’s mercy extended through His followers to the guilty ones will always turn the tables on the plans of the enemy.
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Garris Elkins