Sin does not deliver on its promises. Rather, it brings only pain and misery with its rebellion. Sin’s pleasure is only for a moment, but its painful consequences may last a lifetime. So where do we turn when we have fallen for the deceptive power of sin and are left reeling in the wake of the havoc it causes?
In The Discipline of Mercy, pastors and counselors Eric Kress and Paul Tautges take us deep into the book of Lamentations where we are exhorted to place our hope fully in the faithful mercy and loyal love of a gracious God—no matter the extent of our suffering. God alone is sovereign and rules forever—and He will use even the grievous effects of sin to accomplish His purposes. God loves His own too much not to discipline us, and yet He is faithful to suffer alongside us, cleansing us, healing us, and grieving with us as He crafts us into useful vessels for His glory. The corrective and purifying discipline of God is one of the most significant demonstrations of His unfailing mercy, perhaps overshadowed only by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
A tremendous accomplishment. It is at once a verse-by-verse commentary, a rich devotional treasury, and a very capable biblical counselor's guide.
—Lance Quinn, Pastor Teacher, The Bible Church of Little Rock
Authors Kress and Tautges have brought this small prophecy to life for us, pulling it out of the shadows of neglect and drawing us irresistibly to its timeless lessons.
—Irv Busenitz, Vice President of Administration and Professor of Bible Exposition and Old Testament, The Master's Seminary
Eric Kress graduated from The Master's Seminary an currently pastors Grace Community Bible Church in Texas.
Paul Tautges is a certified biblical counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and International Association of Biblical Counselors. In addition, he pastors Immanuel Bible Church and has written several books, including Counsel One Another and Counsel Your Flock. He and his wife have ten children.