I don’t get mad… I get even!
It seems our society lives by the code “An eye for an eye”. When someone hurts me, I will hurt them back. We’re witnessing the horror of that attitude in many of our cities this week.
But when this attitude comes home, it can be devastating. No family is perfect and we hurt each other too many times by what we say and do. We’re told to “forgive and forget.” But when you are hurt deeply it doesn’t just go away.
Jesus pronounces a special blessing on those who extend mercy to others.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
Before we can really be a merciful person we must recognize how much God is merciful to each of us. The prophet Jeremiah reminded the Jews that “it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
While God’s grace gives us what we don’t deserve, His mercy doesn’t give us what we do deserve. All have sinned and deserve eternal judgment. Yet, God loves everyone of us and offers forgiveness through the death of His Son. That is mercy!
As we receive mercy, we should extend mercy to others.
This Sunday, June 7, I continue a sermon series called Bless This Home from Jesus’ Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12). This week I will talk about “God Blesses the Merciful.”
You will discover how you can show mercy to those you love. Do good for others even though they don’t deserve it. Develop an attitude of mercy that doesn’t hold a grudge but is ready to forgive. The best way to show mercy is help your loved ones understand the mercy of God.
This Sunday we will have our first service since the stay-at-home order. Join me at 9:00 am, 10:30 am or 6:00 pm. Please REGISTER so we can make sure we are able to maintain social distancing. It will be wonderful to meet again. For more information about our reconnecting guidelines, visit RECONNECT. If you choose to continue watching from home, we will be on Facebook Live or YouTube Live at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
Join me this Sunday.