Sermon Notes

October 18, 2015

A Place for Mercy


His mercy has resurrected situations in my life I thought were forever hopeless. He has sustained my family and I amidst situations that seemed dim and has worked everything together for purpose. This mercy is overwhelming, undeserved and humbling.

It doesn’t take much effort to receive mercy, does it? In fact, I don’t think there is a greater feeling in the world than being given something you really didn’t deserve. What takes some serious effort is living a life reflective of this same gracious mercy.

There is nothing more Christ-like than mercy motivated from love. Nothing that will bait unbelievers more effectively than demonstrating this in our day-to-day lives.

It’s when the careless driver sideswipes your car. When everything in you feels as if you need to put them in their place. Yet you swallow your pride and meet them with kindness and compassion. It is that undeserved grace that opens the door for true evangelism. Like a megaphone for the Gospel, a powerful exchange happens. You are given a brief platform of receptivity. Kindness breaks down walls and the thing about it is … it’s most powerful when undeserved!

Mercy will not just happen spontaneously. We must set goals for ourselves to walk in it. Maybe there is a relationship that has left you wounded, scared and cold. Can I urge you to put on mercy as if it were your clothing? May we never forget that we ourselves would never enter the kingdom of heaven if not for His extravagant mercy. We were lost and destitute before He saved us through this mercy.
If we want to be partakers in mercy, we must live in the same manor.

To whom in your life do you need to show mercy? It may not feel good at first—humbling yourself is rarely easy. But who knows? You may be the very one God uses to forever change their eternity.

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

— Micah 6:8 NKJV