"Blessed are the merciful, for they
shall obtain mercy."
"Who is a God like unto thee, that
pardoneth iniquity and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his
heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth
in mercy." ...Micah
"But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved us. That in the ages to come he might
shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus." ...Ephesians
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive
them; for they know
what they do....." ...Luke
If God is so
rich in mercy, why does most of the world think of Him as ready to punish
and throw people in a hell fire? Somebody out there
teaching an alternate gospel?
Are there sins that can't be forgiven?
Are there people who just are so bad they are unforgiveable? No!
is a character quality that is good, kind, forbearing and favorable to
another and has with it compassion
or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's
The reason why
we need mercy and have opportunity for expressing mercy to others is because
that which is wrong.
Instead of being
upset with someone because they have done wrong, view it as an opportunity
to be merciful and forgiving.
But do we forgive
even if they are unrepentant, even if they are still the same? Certainly,
forgive those who are sorry for what they have done -Luke
17:3 ".....If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him and if
him as though nothing ever happened).";
but also those who aren't -
17:4 "And if he trespass against
thee seven times in a day and seven times in a day turn again to thee,
saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." 1Corinthians
4:12,13 ".....being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer
it;...being defamed, we intreat....." If God
says this, is He not like that?
can you be sure you are free of an unforgiving attitude of resentment.
And more importantly, how can one be sure that he is forgiven? -Ephesians
We all do bad things and wonder
why later we did them – "Why did I do a thing like that?" "I didn't mean
to do that." "What on earth made me do it?" "I didn't mean to do that."
Have you said or heard any of these? Why
we are like that.
Mercy has always
been God's character -Genesis 8:21.(here
God makes a decision about man after having considered the overview of
of Holies in the OT, in the innermost part of the ancient temple or
tabernacle, was a Mercy
Seat, not a judgement seat.
is the act of forgiving or, giving for another
that which keeps him in a right stead with you after he has done something
to separate the relationship. Forgiveness involves the giving up of resentment
of or claim to requital.(forgive
an insult), granting relief
from payment of.(forgive
has no mercy. Law demands
a penalty. Law is based more on regulations than love. With law comes
a searching for wrong, a negatively inclined measurement stick.
can have much mercy. A kind heart seeks for ways to show mercy. Mercy is
of God. Many court judges have much mercy. One showing mercy is showing
the very character of the Almighty God who is forgiving, merciful and kind.
God allows much but deals with peoples'
errors through others who adhere
to high character principles.
A recent (November
'97) case in the news showing mercy was that of Joanne Woodward and the
judge that had the courage to follow what he felt inside, in spite of so
many thinking otherwise. This judge – Hiller Zobel in Massachusetts, obviously
felt strongly about his insight, sensing the sureness of what he felt that
would be of benefit to another.
God can and
does work in human beings who have decided upon higher
character qualities. This helps to expose many others to mercy, compassion,
kindness and forgiveness.
We as Christians
should be praying for such people in power (1Timothy
2:1-3), that they will have the wisdom to make decisions to the benefit
of those concerned. Many leaders are doing their
best for the cause of peace for all.
President of the United States of America, Ralph Klein, Premier of the
Province of Alberta, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Tony Blair
of England and leaders in other high positions that you know of and those
in other countries where you may live, need your prayers.
if the people in ancient times had prayed for King David, horrible weaknesses
that he had would not have had such
a negative effect upon him.
often come with strong weaknesses. Would you rather have a weak leader?-...continue?