Posts Tagged ‘Mercy

27
Aug
19

No Retaliation

Revenge is easy. Restraint is hard. When someone wrongs us, it can be so easy to lash out and strike back. Our pride is wounded and our feelings are hurt. When someone bullies us, we want to bully them right back. When someone insults us, we’ve got a zinger ready for them. When someone gossips about us, we’re ready with a, “Did you know…?” about them. Peter said that there is a better way for Christians to act. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:9 (NLT):

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

Jesus said to bless those who curse us. We may want an eye for an eye, but the way of Jesus is different. Followers of Christ are called to lay aside our wounded pride and love and forgive those who hurt us. Jesus, hanging on the cross, asked the Father to forgive those who were killing Him. He is our example of restraint instead of revenge.
Who has injured you recently that you need to forgive instead of taking vengeance against? Show them mercy today.

22
Jul
19

We Are God’s People

I am fascinated by these ancestry tests people are taking. People want a sense of identity. They want to know where they fit in and to what group they belong. This is the same for followers of Jesus. We want to know that we belong. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:10 (NLT):

“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”

Before coming to Christ, we had no identity. We were lost in darkness and in sin. Now, because of God’s mercy, we have been made God’s people. We have an identity and we belong to a group. We are no longer lost, but rather we have been adopted into a family, the family of God. Wherever you’re from and whatever your ancestry, your true identity is that of a child of God. He’s bought you by the blood of His Son and brought you into His family.

30
Jun
19

#blessed Are The Merciful

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church (http://gfcc.net) in Griffith, Indiana.

All of our previous messages are available at http://vimeo.com/griffithfcc

Thanks for checking it out!

12
Sep
18

Giving/Receiving Mercy

I remember growing up in church and learning the definitions of grace and mercy. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Mercy is not getting what you do deserve. God’s grace means that we get the gift of forgiveness. Mercy means that we don’t receive the punishment we deserve for our sins. Grace means that we get eternal life. Mercy means that we don’t get eternal death in Hell. Jesus wants us to extend mercy to others. He said:

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

People are going to hurt you. They’re going to lie to you and cheat on you and gossip about you. They’ll do it more than once. How will you respond? Will you try to get revenge or will you show mercy? Jesus’ words remind us that His way is best. When we show mercy to others, we open ourselves up to receive the mercy of God. Author Dave Willis said something along the lines of “We should not treat people the way they deserve. Rather, we should treat them the way we want God to treat us.” If you want God to show you mercy, be merciful to others.
07
Sep
18

Mourning Our Sinful Condition

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ longest recorded sermon in the Gospels, Jesus describes a person who is devoted to His Kingdom. It’s a passage known as the Beatitudes. These are the traits of someone who is on the right track to becoming what God wants them to become. The first step is to recognize one’s spiritual poverty. The next step is described in this way. Jesus said:

Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

This is not just any kind of mourning, though. It is a mourning over one’s spiritual condition. God comforts the brokenhearted, to be sure. But this kind of mourning goes deeper than being sad over a death of a loved one or a broken relationship. This is mourning over the fact that you are a sinner and there’s nothing you can do about it. When you get to the point where you realize just how bad you are and how much you need a Savior, that’s when God will comfort you with His grace, mercy and forgiveness.
30
Mar
18

Forgive Who?

On what we know as Good Friday, Jesus was crucified for the sin of the world. Luke records the scene in this way. He wrote:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

While we don’t know their names or their crimes, we know that it should have been us. We could have been either the criminal on His right or His left. We should have felt the nails. We should have been left there to die for our own sins and transgressions. Yet, there is the perfect Son of God with thorns on His head and nails in His hands and feet praying to His Father, “Forgive them…” Forgive who? Forgive those who were killing Him? What love! Forgive those who were insulting Him and spitting on Him? What mercy! Forgive us who were the true source of His suffering? What grace! Jesus took our punishment when He took our place and that is what Good Friday is all about.
14
Dec
17

The People Of God

Christians are God’s people, not by lineage or ethnicity, but by mercy. Under the old covenant, the children of Israel were God’s people by their ethnic heritage. Under the new covenant in Jesus’ blood, His followers, though they are not of one race, have been made the people of God. Here’s what Peter said:

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:10 (NIV)

The mercy of God was extended to the whole world through the cross of Jesus. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved upon Himself so we would be spared the wrath of God. We deserve God’s wrath, but instead He poured it out on His Son. We don’t have to suffer the consequences of our sin because Jesus did it for us. He who never sinned in any way suffered as though He was the worst of sinners. His blood that was shed on our behalf made us the people of God.



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