short sermon on mercy

How else will we keep loving each other in the days to come when the vision of Treasuring Christ Together will test our capacities for mercy to each other? He acknowledges the of mercy of God: We are not consumed. God has declared it to be worthy of death. Listen to the psalmist as he sings about it: “To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, Did you hear both sides of mercy? We admire such acts of mercy. Mercy responds to both. Its manifestations; and Our lives are founded on the mercies of God. The sinner must perish; he is lost. Seek the Lord! For the next five chapters, Paul will call us to live a certain way as Christians. There is probably no better human illustration of this kind of mercy than the one that is found in the story Jesus told of the good Samaritan. In Luke 6:36, our Lord tells us straightforwardly, “Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” That makes very clear our need to be merciful. 6; Hannah: A Mother Who Gave - 1 Sam. . It has roots. Mercy Applied (Titus 3:5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Conclusion A young employee secretly misappropriated several hundred dollars of his business firms money. Months of planning and working and discussing. You can see that Paul’s view of life and the Hindu view of life at this point are radically different. Sometimes we are mistaken. First, my aim — the aim of this passage — is that you would build your life on something. THE TENDER MERCIES OF GOD Ps 145:8-11 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The title of this sermon is Mercy and Grace. After a long and serious wrestling she decides as a single woman, now fifty, that she would give her life to needy children in missions. With that, let us consider our main two points: I. Later on in their history, God’s people rebelled against Him to the point where God finally let His anger go and the Babylonians came, over-ran the country, taking many of the people off into captivity in Babylon. Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. How else will we love our enemies at home and on the mission field and return good for evil, when we are slandered because of our stand on the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, or on the meaning of marriage, or on racial justice, or the horrific undoing of the ban on partial-birth abortion, or the message that there is no way of salvation except through Jesus Christ? "Mercy triumphs over judgment." One, of course, is His person-who He is. The first reference to the mercy of God in the Bible is in connection with the rescue of Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah. So we say, “Because of God’s mercy revealed in Christ, therefore, I do this and not that. . Luis Palau, Experiencing God's Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984. After their years in exile, God came to His people again and allowed many to return to Jerusalem and restore the temple there. They are truly easy sermons to preach. May God grant us the grace to do so. ... {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Unmerited Favor comes from the Father. "Sir," the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for." It blesses him who gives and him who takes.” Whatever else might be said for or against Shakespeare, he had the truth about mercy straight. There is a whole worldview in that word. Mercy (Divine) Mercy (human) see God’s Mercy above. Mercy is good and we take heart when the Bible tells us that God is merciful. Let God be praised for His great mercy! He wrote: The proper name of “Hinduism” is “Sanatana Dharma” or “the eternal way of life.” You can have whatever beliefs you like, but you are expected to live out “dharma.” Your religion is expected to participate in the values and customs and organization of society. We say that mercy is a very wonderful thing. Mercy hates evil, but in our personal relationships repays no one evil for evil (verse 17). That raises some rather interesting questions. Even if we are right, we can be a better person when we show a little kindness instead of giving “pay back.” Jesus said Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. The women were deeply moved. It says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God.”. God is merciful to some and not to others. Help them see that Christian living — for children and teenagers and adults — is built on the gospel — on the beauty of Christ crucified and risen and reigning. Jesus says, “Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13). Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”. Mercy knows what it’s like to have enemies, but says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him.”. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. These streams followed up to the fountain: It is of the Lord’s mercies. It is built on something. Ezra writes about this in Ezra 3:10 & 11. 1. Being merciful is one of the eight qualities of character of a citizen of the Kingdom of God that Jesus declares in the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. The aim of all 11 chapters — all sixteen chapters — is that we might make the mercy of God look great among the nations. Mercy knows what it’s like to have enemies, but says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him.” Mercy is not weak. Don’t say, “Just do it.” As they get older help them see that the standards of thought and attitude and action and entertainment and ministry and mercy are all built on the mercy of God in Christ. God Remembers His Mercy (9 of 9) by Ernest Easley. Today we are going to look at and ponder the final words of our text. By: Mike Phelps. If you have comments or questions about the website, please email webmaster@burlingtonurc.org, 778 North Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, WA  98233, United Reformed Churches of North America. May it be granted to each of us, and then may we in turn learn to be merciful to others. It is at the cross, as Psalm 85:10 expresses it, “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” And now because of the death of Jesus on the cross, God can be merciful to us and deliver us from our sins, giving us new life. see Forgiveness above. Sermon series: A Lasting Legacy. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Nehemiah comments on this in Nehemiah 9:16 & 17, “But…our fathers acted proudly, hardened their necks, and did not heed Your commandments. Psa 33:5. There are two parts to this aim: I see those two things in the first half of verse 1 of Romans 12. here are mercies in the plural number, denoting the abundance and variety of those mercies.God is an inexhaustible fountain of mercy, the Father of mercies.Note, We all owe it to the sparing mercy of God that we are not consumed. Because of all the truth about God and sin and Christ and the cross and the Spirit and faith and justification — because of all that we have seen in Romans 1–11, therefore we are to build our practical lives on this. Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Micah 6:8 asks, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Let me not leave out the closing words of the parable of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus asked the inquiring lawyer, “which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” The lawyer rightly replied, “He who showed mercy on him.” “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”, As Christians we simply must be merciful if at all possible. The reason Christianity must build our lifestyle on God’s mercy in Jesus Christ is that the whole point of Christianity is to glorify the mercy of God in Christ. Those who are merciful will be shown mercy. Hinduism does not teach 11 chapters of clear, objective, historical, and spiritual truth about the nature of God, and then say, therefore live the way these truths demand. Who decides? And with this word “therefore” he is saying: The foundation we build our lives on is the foundation laid in Romans 1–11. God had compassion on them and rescued them from their distress. This is not careless. He is turning from theology to ethics. It has foundations. But there is more that can be said about God’s mercy. We are entering a world of mercy as we move into Romans 12–16. Look at Romans 15:8–9. . They have a foundation. To Him who struck down great kings, Sin causes great distress for us; it angers God, and our only hope is found in God’s mercy and readiness to treat sinners compassionately. Psalm 103:17 assures us that “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” Those who receive God’s mercy in this world will have it forever. … But mercy weeps while it hates. "God, we cry out to you as our authority and the author of true mercy. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Help them see that Christian living is not a list of do’s and don’ts, it is a way of showing the glory of God and Christ. "But," said the emperor, "he does not deserve mercy." This message is an edited version of a sermon given at Loving God Fellowship. “The Lord is merciful and gracious.” There is no question that God is merciful. Receive these mercies. We’re on a mission to change that. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. that you would build it on the mercies of God revealed in Christ. That is the nature of God’s mercy. Where do I get this, and what do I mean? They were both the same: beaten out of solid gold. These simple sermon outlines are suitable for 10 or 15 minute Wednesday night devotionals or to use as sermon ideas. It’s not arbitrary. Even though God had warned them of what was coming, they were lingering behind in the cities. Amos has been painting a picture of doom, but suddenly, this prophet of doom becomes a prophet of delight. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. It has a foundation. He is author of. Forsake your sinful ways and return to the Lord. Even when they resisted God and rebelled against Him in the way, God in mercy still did not give up on them. 19, No. On that occasion, God passed by Moses on the mountain, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands.” The Psalmist is simply repeating what was revealed then. It is no longer a question of power, as it was in the first chapter (Ephesians 1:19, 20), but of love, mercy, grace, and kindness.I.         For His mercy endures forever; May God encourage you and enable you by his Spirit to build your life on the mercies of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Because our lives are built on something. When the Lord Jesus was here among us, He repeatedly showed compassionate treatment to the distressed. As important as committment is, it is not the subject of this sermon. That’s why you exist. Their very lives were at stake. Paul moves from foundation to application with the word “therefore.”.         For His mercy endures forever; Indeed, let God be praised for His great mercy. “Then it happened, as He (that is Jesus) was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. To this we can add a few more verses. God in His mercy brought His people all the way through from Egypt to their own homeland, and it was a work of His mercy all the way. Our mercy to each other comes from God’s mercy to us. Consider the word therefore in verse 1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God.” That’s a very important word. It is twice blessed. Let me take a moment to show you how Scripture couples God’s mercy with slowness to anger. Amen. A mother sought the pardon of her son from the first Napoleon. . Use this prayer for mercy and Scriptures to help you call upon God. James Reaves To whom is He merciful? The word mercy here implies not only forgiveness for the guilty, but especially tenderhearted compassion for the helpless and desperate. Mercy knows what it’s like to be hurt and offended, but does not avenge itself (verse 19). God gets angry with sin because it is disobedience to His will and a denial of His goodness. What a marvelous blessing it is! III. Put to death the sinful judgments of your hearts that you're making. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. See if you don’t hear both in Romans 5:6–8: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. I want to talk to you today about covered by mercy. In mercy God sent messengers to rescue Lot and his family. If we miss this connection, we miss everything. Verse 8 (near the end): “the one who does acts of mercy, [let him do it] with cheerfulness.”, Verse 13: “Contribute to the needs of the saints.”, Verse 14: “Bless those who persecute you.”, Verse 20: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: ‘For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.’” God was always coming to His distressed people with mercy and compassionate treatment of those in distress. He took our place and died on the cross, that we might not come into condemnation, but have eternal life. That’s Paul’s first message in verse 1. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger.” We have it again in Jeremiah 3:12, “‘I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not remain angry forever.’” And in Joel 2:13, “The Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger.”. You know we are on the right track here when you just walk down through chapter 12 and look at all the mercy that is going to flow out of us when we build our lives on the mercy of God. With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, And brought out Israel from among them, His recovery had put an end to the malicious exultation of his foes. II. When Paul says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers,” he is saying: The life I am calling you to live (in Romans 12–16) is built on something. 1. Ever since that experience years ago, I cannot hear a boring sermon without imagining that someone, somewhere out there in the pews may be wiping a tear from their eye and smiling. We sinners need mercy from God, and Isaiah tells us how to seek it by seeking God, calling upon Him, forsaking our sinful ways and turning to the Lord. Psalm 136 sings of God’s mercy like no other Psalm, and refers to repeated demonstrations of God’s mercy to the children of Israel. Bob was indignant. Unhappily, Lot’s wife lagged behind and kept looking back and she perished, but Lot and his daughters escaped because of God’s mercy.         For His mercy endures forever; And gave their land as a heritage, Entrust your life to them. Jesus came and fulfilled all righteousness in our behalf and, exchanging His righteousness for our sins, He accepted the condemnation and death that we deserved. Before questioning why God should leave anybody out, we need to remember that He owes mercy to no one and He has willed to grant His mercy to a great company of people which no man can number. At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching. We sinners need mercy from God, and Isaiah tells us how to seek it by seeking God, calling upon Him, forsaking our sinful ways and turning to the Lord. Finally, some exciting fine-tuning with the input of God’s people. Because of God’s mercy revealed in Christ, therefore I speak this way and not that way. The Lord has acts of mercy, but the Bible says that the Lord is mercy. Let us not attempt to tell Him how He should distribute it. This may seem obvious to you. It also sounds very much like what He told Moses way back in Exodus 33, “I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” God distributes His mercy as He wills. Call upon Him. And made Israel pass through the midst of it, Thank You for being a God of compassion and love. Get help now! Our questions are answered in Hebrews 8:12 where God says “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Our sin is what puts us in distress.         For His mercy endures forever; I hope so. But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them.” That demonstrates again the reach of God’s mercy and the distance He will go to be merciful to His people. When the psalmist says the Lord is merciful, he is drawing from the 34th chapter of Exodus, where God revealed Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. Have the mercies of God in saving you sunk to the center and core of your life, so that you are living from a deep spring of humble, brokenhearted happiness in the God of mercy?”. If a Hindu finds you to be a person of character and propriety, it does not matter to him that much if you have differing theological beliefs.         For His mercy endures forever.”. Oh, how we need to be this way! From this story we understand immediately that mercy is giving compassionate treatment to those in distress. All content © 2006-, United Reformed Church of Burlington, Washington • 778 North Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, WA  98233 • (360) 757-4620 Now the Lord does show mercy. Now Linda’s testimony has broken down all my objections and changed my heart, and therefore, I am willing to go.” Therefore! That’s mercy, and God is merciful. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. that you would build your life on something, and. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. But mercy weeps while it hates. The mercy of God involves the following seven things. God’s mercy is not only wide and deep, it is long lasting also. This is another example of what “therefore” means. The fact that the Lord's mercy endureth forever, means nothing can stop His mercy. May we have it straight in our minds! Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. "God who is rich in mercy." Most of these are short topical sermon outlines, but some are expository. They may be hearing the voice of God speaking directly into their heart, with healing words raining down on them like a spring shower on a dry and thirsty desert. If you want to see God’s greatest act of mercy, stand before the cross of Jesus and see Him offering up His only Son to deliver sinners from their distress. And you know, don’t you, that mercy is not spineless.         For His mercy endures forever; No, in Hinduism what your objective beliefs are about God are not essential. To be saved. Our lives are rooted in the mercies of God. Paul wrote about "The Gospel Of Grace," and we are going to try to better understand this idea. It has causes and grounds and reasons. What would help you determine that? What an amazing statement! But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader to return to their bondage. . At the core of my being — where my unpremeditated words and facial expressions and grunts and twitches come from — at the core of my being to be swimming, childlike, in the forgiving, compassionate mercy of God. The mercy that God blesses is itself the blessing of God. It doesn’t come out of nowhere. I get it from the word “therefore,” and I mean that all your behavior and emotions and thoughts should be based on God-revealed truth in the Bible. Christian acting and feeling and speaking are not rootless. Now the second part of the aim of this message I have already made clear, namely, that you not just build your life on something, but build it on the mercies of God. Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. It has a foundation. Mercy knows what it’s like to be hurt and offended, but does not avenge itself (verse 19). “Seek the Lord while He may be found. 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