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Mercy

Text: Matthew 5:7


Mercy Defined

ž To help the afflicted

ž To bring help to the wretched

ž To show compassion

ž To show forbearance to an offender

who may not deserve the kindness


Mercy Dealt

ž Mercy is the option of the one in power

ž Mercy is the option of the one who has been offended

ž Mercy is the choice to dismiss the offense and to

forego the punitive consequences

ž Mercy is the choice to preserve fellowship rather

than punish offenders


Mercy Developed

ž Do not judge, so that you will not be judged (Mt. 7:1-2)

ž Do not complain about one another (James 5:9)

ž Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each

ž other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

ž (Ephesians 4:2)

ž Accepting the (spiritual) weakness of others

(Jude 1:22)

Footnotes::

Mt. 7:1-2“For in the way that you judge, you will be judged,

and by your standard of measure you will be measured.”

Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and

do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon,

and you will be pardoned.”

Ro 14:4“Who are you to judge the servant of another?

To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

Ro 14:10 -13 “But as for you, why do you judge your brother

or sister? Or you as well, why do you regard your brother

or sister with contempt? For we will all appear before the

judgment seat of God””. For it is written: “As I live, says

the Lord, to Me every knee will bow, And every tongue will

give praise to God.” So then each one of us will give an

account of himself to God. Therefore let’s not judge one

another anymore, but rather determine this: not to

put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s or

sister’s way.

James 5:9 “Do not complain, brothers and sisters, against

one another, so that you may not be judged; behold, the

Judge is standing right at the door.”

Ephesians 4:2 Be kind to one another, compassionate,

forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven

you”.

Jude 1:22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;


Mercy Displayed

Mercy is displayed in forgiveness

Mercy is displayed in compassion

Mercy is displayed in kindness

Mercy is displayed in love

Footnotes:

Luke 6:27-38 But I say to you who hear, love your

enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those

who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other

also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not

withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone

who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours,

do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you

want them to treat you. If you love those who love you,

what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those

who love them. If you do good to those who do good

to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do

the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect

to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend

to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting

nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and

you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind

to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your

Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be

judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be

condemned, pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give,

and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap

a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and

running over. For by your standard of measure it will

be measured to you in return.”


Mercilessness

"For judgment will be merciless to one who has

shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over

judgment" . James 2:13


Mercy Desired

"Blessed are the merciful

for they shall receive mercy".

Matthew 5:7