THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-8-13

LESSON TITLE: “BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL.”

WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY, AS WE TOGETHER GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. I KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL BE ENCOURAGED AND UPLIFTED BY OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING. SO, LET'S GIVE OUR BEST TO GOD SO THAT HE MAY BE PLEASED WITH OUR OFFERING. FURTHERMORE, LET'S DO ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL - SO THAT OUR WORSHIP WILL BE RECEIVED BY HIM IN A GOOD AND PERFECT WAY. NOW, LET'S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. FOR FATHER WE KNOW THAT ALL PHYSICAL BLESSINGS AND ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS COME ONLY FROM YOU. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO LOOK TO YOU TO ALWAYS FIND THE STRENGTH AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND THE ABILITY TO GO EVERYDAY TO LIVE LIVES THAT NOT ONLY PLEASE YOU BUT HELP OTHERS TO KNOW YOU. IN THE END FATHER, GIVE US THAT GREAT REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU WHERE A MANSION HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR EACH OF THE FAITHFUL. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS FATHER. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. ONE OF OUR GREATEST PRIVILEGES ON THIS PROGRAM IS TO JOIN TOGETHER IN PRAISING GOD AS WE SING PRAISES BEFORE HIS GLORIOUS THRONE. SO, WON'T YOU PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER THE FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "TO CANAAN'S LAND I'M ON MY WAY!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN JAMES CHAPTER 4, VERSE 8, WE READ A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT FROM THIS INSPIRED WRITER OF GOD. THE FIRST PART OF THIS VERSE SAYS, "DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU." WOW, WHAT AN ENCOURAGING AND GREAT STATEMENT THIS IS TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WANT TO DO HIS WILL.

THIS STATEMENT SAYS SO MUCH TO THE TRUE FOLLOWER OF GOD. IT TELLS ME THAT THE MORE I LOVE GOD AND DO FOR HIM THE MORE HE LOVES ME AND DOES FOR ME. THE MORE I LIVE FOR HIM AND STAND IN HIS PROMISES, THE MORE HE HELPS ME TO BE WHAT I NEED TO BE. THE MORE I GIVE TO HIM AND COMMIT MY LIFE TO HIM, THE MORE HE BLESSES AND BLESSES. WHAT A GREAT INCENTIVE AND MOTIVATION WE HAVE TO RESPOND TO THE WONDROUS LOVE GOD HAS ALREADY SHOWN US AND DRAW NEARER TO HIM.

I ALSO WANTED TO LOOK AT THE SAME TEXT AND SEE WHAT PART OF OUR DUTY IS IN DRAWING NEAR TO GOD. FIRST AS YOU LOOK AT THE SECOND HALF OF THE VERSE WE READ EARLIER, IT SAYS, "CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, YOU SINNERS; AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YOU DOUBLE-MINDED." SO DRAWING NEAR TO GOD IS ALL ABOUT PUTTING AWAY THAT WHICH IS CONTRARY TO HIM. STAYING AWAY FROM SIN AND DARKNESS AND COMPLETELY TURNING OUR LIVES OVER TO HIM, AS WE STRIVE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. YES, FOLLOWING AND SERVING GOD IS ALL ABOUT BEING IN THE LIGHT WHERE HE IS, NOT ABOUT BEING OF THE WORLD OR CONTROLLED BY THOSE THINGS CONTRARY TO HIS WILL.

FINALLY, LOOK WITH ME IN THE SAME PASSAGE, BUT ONE VERSE BACK - VERSE 7. THERE WE AGAIN FIND AN IMPORTANT PART WE MUST PLAY IN OUR DRAWING NEARER TO GOD. FURTHERMORE, WE ARE TOLD OF THE GREAT RESULTS WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO FULFILL THIS COMMAND OF GOD. THERE IT SAYS, "THEREFORE SUBMIT TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU." THERE WE HAVE IT, SUBMIT TO GOD - LEARN HIS WILL, FIND WHAT HE WANTS, AND DO IT HIS WAY. NOW NOTICE THE RESULTS OF THIS ACTION TOWARD GOD. WHEN WE SUBMIT TO GOD AND DRAW NEARER TO HIM, WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESIST THE THINGS OF SATAN, AND THUS THE DEVIL WILL LEAVE US ALONE! WHAT A WONDROUS PROMISE THIS IS TO THE ONES WHO CHOOSE TO SUBMIT THEMSELVES TOTALLY TO GOD.

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO FOCUS ON OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR DISCUSSION, WE ARE CONTINUING IN OUR SERIES ON, "HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS ENTITLED, "BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL?" SO, WE HOPE YOU WILL STAY WITH US FOR THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD WHICH WE WILL JOIN IN AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER. SO FOR NOW IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING THE HYMN, "TO THE WORK."

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED. BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.” WE ARE SO GLAD YOU HAVE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE HAVE ONCE AGAIN RETURNED TO THE SECTION OF THE SCRIPTURE THAT IS REFERRED TO THE CHRISTIAN BEATITUDES, WHERE JESUS HAS GIVEN US IN THE WORD HIS FIRST RECORDED GOSPEL SERMON AFTER HIS MINISTRY HAD BEGUN. WE READ IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 THRU CHAPTER 7 GREAT AND WONDROUS ETERNAL TRUTHS THAT HELP US TO NOT ONLY LIVE TODAY BUT ALSO TO WORK TOWARDS ETERNAL LIFE.

WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, WE KNOW THAT JESUS IN VERSE 1 OF CHAPTER 5 APPROACHES THE MOUNTAIN. IT TELLS US HE WENT ON THE MOUNTAIN AND AS HE WAS SEATED, HE PREACHED TO THE MULTITUDES. FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER AT THESE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT CERTAINLY BRING A HAPPINESS OR A JOY OF BLESSEDNESS BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANCE OF GOD'S GIFTS TO THE FAITHFUL. WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEED OF OUR SPIRIT, THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO BE THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO MOURN AND SHOW A MEEKNESS. ALSO, THOSE WHO HAVE A THIRST OR HUNGER FOR THE RIGHTEOUS THINGS OF GOD AND THE WORD OF GOD HIMSELF. TODAY WE CONTINUE THAT JOURNEY AS WE LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT WHAT WE READ TOGETHER IN VERSE 7, “BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL.”

AS WE THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF THE WORD MERCY, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD BECAUSE THE FIRST THING THAT WE MUST UNDERSTAND AND ESTABLISH IS THAT MERCY COMES FROM GOD. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL IN HOW SO MANY OF THE GOOD GODLY CHARACTERISTICS THAT WE LOOK TO, THEY ALL HAVE A BASIS, THEY ALL HAVE A FOUNDATION, THEY ALL HAVE CLARITY IN GOD AND HIS ACTION AND REALLY WHAT HE REVEALED EVEN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOR. IN THINKING ABOUT THAT, WE SEE THAT GOD WAS A GOD OF MERCY. IF YOU WILL LOOK UP THE IDEA OF MERCY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CONCEPTS OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, YOU ARE GOING TO FIND VARIOUS DIFFERENT IDEAS BUT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE EXTENT OF GOD'S MERCY UPON MAN, I THINK ONE OF THE BEST WAYS THAT THIS PITY OR THIS ABILITY TO HAVE COMPASSION FOR OTHER INDIVIDUALS IS EXPRESSED IN THE IDEA THAT THE MERCY OF GOD IS REALLY ALL ABOUT THE FACT THAT I AM A HUMAN BEING AND I AM IMPERFECT. ALTHOUGH I SIN, I SERVE A GOD WHO KNOWING THAT I DESERVE PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE SINS HE IS WILLING TO BE MERCIFUL. HE IS WILLING TO FORGIVE AND TO OVERLOOK THOSE THINGS. IF I WILL DO WHAT? IF I WILL DO MY PART. I ALSO FIND IT SIGNIFICANT THAT THAT IS THE CONCEPT THAT IS PRESENTED BECAUSE WHEN WE GO OVER TO THE SAME SERMON ON THE MOUNT IN CHAPTER 6 AND WE READ THE LORD'S PRAYER, IS IT NOT THE MERCY OF GOD THAT JESUS IS TEACHING THEM TO BEG FOR WHEN HE MAKES SUCH STATEMENTS LIKE AND FORGIVE US OF OUR DEBTS. IS IT NOT THE MERCY OF GOD THAT BEGS OR PLEADS FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD. WHEN GOD WOULD SAY ALTHOUGH I KNOW YOU HAVE SINNED, AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW THAT YOU WILL SIN AGAIN, AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE AN IMPERFECT BEING, AND ALTHOUGH YOU MIGHT STRIVE FOR PERFECTION YOU WILL NEVER REACH IT. IT IS GOD WHO BY MERCY SAYS I STILL FORGIVE. I STILL EXTEND LOVE. I STILL EXTEND GRACE. I STILL EXTEND ALL OF THOSE WONDROUS PROMISES BECAUSE I AM A GOD OF MERCY.

THAT BEING THE CASE, I DO WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WITH ME THAT THE BIBLE AMPLY SUPPORTS THE FACT THAT GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY. FIRST OF ALL, IN THE TEXT FOUND IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS AMONGST THE PSALMS WE READ OFTEN ABOUT MERCY, SPECIFICALLY IN PSALM 136, THERE IS A CLARIFICATION TIME AND TIME AGAIN ABOUT MERCY. IN FACT, 26 TIMES IN THIS ONE PSALM THE WORD MERCY IS USED. YOU WILL REMEMBER THE PSALM IF I READ JUST A LITTLE BIT OF IT. IT SAYS GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD. HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. VERSE TWO, “GIVE THANKS TO GOD THE GOD OF GODS,” WHY? “FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.” AS WE READ ON THROUGHOUT THE TEXT WE SEE, AS I SAID, EVERY VERSE EVERY TIME IS EMPHASIZED WITH THIS CONCEPT THAT GOD IS GREAT AND GOD IS GOOD AND GOD DELIVERS AND GOD PROTECTS AND GOD FORGIVES. WHY? BECAUSE GOD'S MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. IT'S NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALSO SEE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THE BOOK OF TITUS IS WHERE THIS IDEA IS REALLY BROUGHT OUT. IN CHAPTER 3, IF YOU WILL LOOK WITH ME SPECIFICALLY AT VERSE 4, IT TALKS FIRST ABOUT THE KINDNESS AND THE LOVE OF GOD IN THIS WAY, “BUT WHEN THE KINDNESS AND THE LOVE OF GOD, OUR SAVIOR, TOWARDS MAN APPEARED NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WERE DONE, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US.” IT GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT THAT THROUGH THE WASHING AND REGENERATION IN THE RENEWAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE MUST DO AND THE ACTIONS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO PURIFY OURSELVES; TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD, TO PUT AWAY SIN AND TO REALLY HAVE GOD DWELL WITHIN US. WITHIN THAT CONCEPT, DID YOU HEAR THE IDEA OF MERCY? IT SPOKE ABOUT THE IDEA IN THAT PASSAGE THAT ACCORDING TO WHAT? THE MERCY OF GOD, HIS MERCY. DID YOU ALSO NOTICE WHAT IS TIED DIRECTLY TO MERCY?

IF I WOULD ASK YOU THIS DAY, WHAT SAVES YOU? WELL, THERE ARE MANY THINGS INVOLVED IN SALVATION. WE KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY THE GRACE OF GOD SAVES US. WE KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD SAVES US. WE KNOW THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD IS INVOLVED IN SALVATION. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT WE CERTAINLY APPLY TO, NOT ONLY OUR SALVATION, BUT THOSE THINGS THAT LEAD UP TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND IT BEING PROPER, SUCH THAT, THAT HE EXTENDS THIS IDEA OF SALVATION. IT SPECIFICALLY SAYS ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY, GOD'S MERCY, THAT HE SAVES US. THE MERCY OF GOD IS AT THE HEART AND THE FOUNDATION OF WHY WE ARE SAVED. WHY? BECAUSE GOD NOT ONLY THIS DOES BY GRACE, THOSE THINGS THAT HE HAS OFFERED AS A GIFT THAT WE ARE UNDESERVING OF, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY GOD WILL NOT APPLY THE PUNISHMENT THAT WE MOST LIKELY DESERVE. BY HIS GRACE HE FORGIVES AND HE SAVES BECAUSE HE IS A MERCIFUL GOD. HE WILL NOT REALLY APPLY WHAT WE DESERVE OR THE PUNISHMENT THAT WE SHOULD DESERVE BECAUSE OF THE MANY BAD THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE. GOD WILL LOOK TO THE GOOD AND LOOK TO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS. HE WILL LOOK TO OUR DESIRE IN OUR HEART TO SEE IF WE TRULY HAVE LOVED HIM DESPITE OUR IMPERFECTIONS.

BESIDES THAT, THEN THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE TO NOTICE IN OUR MAIN TEXT OF THE MORNING. DID YOU NOTICE AS WE TALKED ABOUT THE IDEA OF THOSE WHO ARE BLESSED THAT REALLY THE TEXT IS SAYING BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL? WE NOT ONLY SEE THE IDEA OF THE APPLICATION OF GOD BEING A MERCIFUL GOD BUT AS WE IMITATE GOD AND AS WE FOLLOW THE PLAN OF GOD WE ARE TO BE MERCIFUL. BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL. THAT APPLIES TO YOU AND I. SO THE QUESTION IS: IF GOD HAS BEEN WILLING TO BE SO MERCIFUL TO ME AND SHOW SUCH COMPASSION AND PITY ON ME, HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD I SHOW MERCY TO OTHERS? OH, THAT WE WOULD BE A MERCIFUL PEOPLE. OH, THAT WE WOULD BE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE PITY ON OTHERS EVEN IN RESPECT TO THEIR MISERABLE CONDITION. THE IDEA OF MERCY IS ALSO DESCRIBED AS THAT IDEA OF HAVING AN ABILITY TO SHOW KINDNESS AND GENTLENESS AND GOOD TOWARDS SOMEONE WHO IS IN MISERY OR WHO IS AFFLICTED. OH, MERCY. THE MERCY OF GOD AND THE MERCY OF GOD THROUGH US THAT IS DEMONSTRATED TO THOSE WHOM WE LOVE AS THOSE WHO SERVE GOD. WHAT LOVE GOD HAS FOR US AND WHAT LOVE WE HAVE FOR OUR FELLOW MAN WHEN WE SHOW MERCY TO THOSE WHO ARE AROUND US.

I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS AT SOME IDEAS THAT I THINK WILL HELP US TO SEE THIS TRUE MERCY OF GOD BEING DEMONSTRATED NOT ONLY BY GOD BUT BY HIS FOLLOWERS OF THE OLD COVENANT AS WELL AS HIS FOLLOWERS OF THE NEW COVENANT. IN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 19, ONE SUCH PRINCIPLE THAT I FIND SIGNIFICANT WITHIN THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THAT THERE WERE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF OTHER SPECIFIC COMMANDMENTS GIVEN WITHIN THOSE GUIDELINES OF THE MAIN TEN COMMANDMENTS THAT WERE WRITTEN ON THE STONES. AS WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF THE MERCY OF GOD, IS IT NOT THE MERCY OF GOD THAT WOULD HAVE TAUGHT THOSE OF THE OLD COVENANT TO THINK ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THE POOR AND THE DISTRAUGHT AND OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MISERABLE AND WHO ARE AFFLICTED. WHAT KIND OF MERCY DO YOU HAVE ON SUCH INDIVIDUALS? THERE WE READ IN LEVITICUS 19 THAT GOD ENCOURAGED THEM TO HAVE MERCY ON THOSE WHO MIGHT BE HUNGRY. A MAN AND A WOMAN AND POSSIBLY A FAMILY WERE UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND BECAUSE OF THAT GOD INSTRUCTED HIS CHILDREN AND HIS FOLLOWERS TO NOT GLEAN THE FIELDS. WHAT HE CHALLENGED THEM TO DO IS WHEN THEY TOOK THE HARVEST TO NOT TAKE EACH AND EVERY GRAIN OR EVERY PART OF THE PRODUCE AND ALLOW SOME THINGS TO BE LEFT ALONG THE EDGE OF THE FIELD. THAT WAY SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE DISTRAUGHT AND MISERABLE AND WITHOUT MAY BE ABLE TO HAVE AT LEAST SOME SUBSTANCE. OH, WHAT MERCY. IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT SUCH AN INDIVIDUAL DESERVES IT. DO WE DESERVE THE MERCY OF GOD? CERTAINLY NOT. WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO TURN AROUND AND SAY, I EXTEND MERCY, NO MATTER WHAT AND NO MATTER WHO. IS THAT NOT THE TEACHING OF JESUS IN MATTHEW 5:44 WHEN HE SAID LOVE YOUR ENEMY? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO LOVE YOUR ENEMY? IT TAKES MERCY. IT TAKES THE ABILITY TO SAY MY ENEMY HAS DONE ME WRONG AND HAS DONE HATEFUL THINGS AGAINST ME. MY ENEMY HAS SAID THINGS AGAINST ME, BUT AS GOD HAS SHOWN ME MERCY WHICH I HAVE NOT DESERVED, I MUST ALSO SHOW MERCY. MAYBE THEY DESERVE PUNISHMENT BUT I MUST SHOW A MERCY FOR SUCH AN INDIVIDUAL. THEREFORE, DO GOOD TO THEM. THEREFORE, GIVE THEM A CUP OF WATER IN THE NAME OF GOD, EVEN TO OUR ENEMIES.

YOU SEE THE IDEA OF A TRULY EXPRESSED MERCY IN THE WAY THAT GOD WOULD DESIRE US TO TRULY SHOW OUR LOVE, NOT ONLY FOR HIM, BUT FOR OTHERS? WHAT ABOUT IN THE STORY OF LUKE 18 WHERE WE READ ABOUT THE RICH YOUNG RULER. YOU RECALL WITH ME HOW THIS YOUNG MAN HAD AN INTEREST IN GOD AND HAD A LOVE FOR GOD, AT LEAST TO THE EXTENT OF SAYING THAT HE HAD KEPT THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD SINCE HIS YOUTH. WHEN JESUS TOLD HIM TO GO AND TO SELL ALL THAT HE HAD AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR, DID YOU NOT SEE WITHIN THAT IDEA THAT IF HE WAS TO SELL ALL THAT HE HAD AND TO GIVE IT TO THE POOR, THAT HE WAS HAVING THAT WHICH WAS LACKING. WHAT WAS LACKING? MERCY WAS. HE WAS A MAN THAT WAS SO CONSUMED WITH HIS OWN DESIRES THAT HE WAS UNWILLING TO SHOW PITY AND COMPASSION UPON THE MISERABLE AND THE POOR AROUND HIM. WE LIVE IN A TRULY BLESSED SOCIETY. IT IS A VERY RICH SOCIETY BUT YET WE STILL SEE THOSE WHO NEED TO BE SHOWN MERCY. THOSE WHO NEED TO BE SHOWN THAT COMPASSION. NOW, I THINK THE BIBLE CERTAINLY DOES TEACH A DIFFERENCE IN THOSE WHO CHOOSE A DESTITUTE STATE AND THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO WORK. THE BIBLE SAYS A MAN WHO WILL NOT WORK, THEN NEITHER LET HIM EAT. I THINK SOME CHOOSE TO BE PITIFUL AND CHOOSE NOT TO WORK BUT THERE ARE MANY, MY BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, WHO NEED MERCY AND NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN DOING. THEY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND HOPE IN GOD AND TO GET THEIR LIFE TURNED AROUND SO THEY CAN GET THINGS RIGHT. I KNOW THAT OFTEN AS RELIGIONS WORK IN A BENEVOLENT WAY IT IS VERY EASY TO GET COLD AND CALLOUS BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MANY REQUESTS FROM SO MANY WHO SEEM TO NEVER WANT TO GET THINGS RIGHT. SOMETIMES IT MAKES YOU COLD AND CALLOUS AND NOT WANTING TO DO ANYTHING. WE MUST SHOW MERCY AND WE MUST ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN THAT SPIRIT TO REALLY BE LIKE THOSE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT TIMES. TO BE LIKE SUCH MEN AS THE GOOD SAMARITAN. YOU KNOW WHEN THE GOOD SAMARITAN PASS BY HE COULD'VE KEPT GOING LIKE THE OTHERS HAD BUT HE HAD MERCY. HE HAD COMPASSION. HE HAD PITY UPON THEM. HE SAW THE MISERABLE STATE OF THIS MAN AND HE SAW THE THINGS THAT HAD TRANSPIRED IN HIS LIFE AND HE WAS MOVED TO THE POINT OF BEING COMPASSIONATE AND HAVING THE MERCY TO ACT ON IT. HE WOULD THEN SEE THAT THE MAN WOULD CONTINUE TO GET THE CARE THAT HE NEEDED IN ORDER TO CONTINUE ON IN HIS LIFE. WHAT DO WE READ THERE IN THE WORDS OF JESUS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5? WE READ THAT BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL. YOU KNOW WHY? IT GOES ON TO ADD FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.

WITHIN ALL OF THESE IDEAS AND WITHIN THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE WE CONTINUE TO FIND THAT THE MORE I AM WILLING TO BE LIKE GOD AND THE MORE THAT I'M WILLING TO SHOW MYSELF MERCIFUL TO MY FELLOW MAN, THERE IS A DIRECT CORRELATION OF THAT WITH SCRIPTURE TO THE FACT THAT THE MORE MERCY I WILL RECEIVE. IT IS ALMOST LIKE THAT IDEA IN LUKE 6:38, THAT WITH THE SAME MEASURE THAT I MEASURE WITH, I GIVE TO GOD. THE BIBLE SAYS WITH THE SAME MEASURE, HE TURNS AROUND AND GIVES TO ME. IF I USE A SMALL MEASURE, THEN IT WILL BE A SMALL AMOUNT. IF I USE A LARGE MEASURE, IT WILL BE A LARGE AMOUNT. IS IT NOT THE SAME WITH MERCY? THAT IS WHAT HE SAYS HERE, “BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.” WHEN WE GIVE MERCY, AND WE SHOW MERCY, AND WHEN WE ARE ALIGNED WITH WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, WE ARE MERCIFUL. WHEN GOD SEES THAT MERCY HE EXTENDS MERCY, AND HE EXTENDS MERCY, AND HE EXTENDS MERCY, AND SO ON. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WANT TO BE UNDER THE CARE OF, AND THE PROTECTION OF, AND THE GUIDANCE OF, AND THE REWARD OF A MERCIFUL, GRACIOUS, AND A LOVING GOD. SO KNOW THIS DAY THAT YOU ARE A BLESSED PEOPLE OF GOD. YOU ARE BLESSED BECAUSE YOU ARE MERCIFUL, AND WHEN YOU SHOW THAT MERCY, THE MERCY OF GOD WILL BE YOURS TODAY AND ETERNALLY WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR REWARD.

THANKS FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST AND CHOOSING TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING. I HOPE YOU HAVE BENEFITED FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD.

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THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS MERCY, WHICH MEANS HE WILL NOT APPLY THE PUNISHMENT WE REALLY DESERVE BECAUSE OF OUR WEAKNESSES AND SINS. GLORY BE TO GOD FOR HIS GRACE, WHICH GIVES OF HOPE OF HIS BLESSINGS TODAY AND OF ETERNAL LIFE FOREVER MORE. WE TRULY SERVE A LOVING AND GREAT GOD!