Sunday, October 9, 2011

Are You A Merciful Person?

    7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
                                                                                                                            ~ Matthew 5:7

I) What is mercy?

    1) Mercy is a Godlike quality.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions— it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, ~ Ephesians 2:4-6
    2) Mercy is a Christlike quality.
17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. ~ Hebrews 2:17

    3) Mercy is love in action.

II) Why show mercy?

1) God has shown me mercy.
33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow- servant just as I had on you?’ ~ Matthew 18:33

2) It makes me happy.
17A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself. ~ Proverbs 11:17

III) How to show mercy?

1) I will be patient with people.
14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:14

2) I will be forgiving.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 3:13

3) I will help people in need.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:17-18

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