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Imitating God In Mercy
5/23/2011

Imitating God In Mercy

Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt as though you have blown it so bad you believed you couldn't be forgiven?  I know I have and the enemy was quick to encourage these thoughts.  Eventually I was able to put my thoughts back on God's truth within His Word, and I realized His amazing mercy upon my life - the result was His forgiveness of my sin and restoration in our relationship.

If we are to truly imitate God then we should be merciful. We serve a God who has shown and continues to show us so much mercy each and every day (Lam. 3:22-23). We are told in the Book of Colossians, "as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies," (Col. 3:12).

Q:    What does it mean to put on tender mercies?

The word mercy used in Colossians 3:12 comes from the Greek word, oiktirmos, oyk-tir-mos, which means compassion or pity.  It isn't just referring to our feeling sorry for someone, but rather having a genuine feeling of concern, sympathy and consideration for the person deep within us.  So to put on tender mercies we must decide within our consciousness to care for others in mercy.  This is exactly what Jesus commanded as well when He said, "therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:36).  And we see Jesus showing this very compassion as recorded in Matthew.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

I find myself moved with compassion when I can relate to the pain and suffering others are feeling in the midst of their trials.  God understands this and this is one of the reasons He allows us to go through various trials ourselves.  Let's face it, if we don't understand what it feels like it can be more difficult to relate to what someone is experiencing.  

Q:    Does this mean we cannot have mercy and compassion on people if we haven't experienced what they are going through?

No, in fact we can have compassion just knowing they are suffering.  We need to contemplate within our minds what it would be like for us to be in their position and then ask God to allow us to understand their pain.  

Ultimately our willingness to stop and care enough to reach out will speak volumes to those who are hurting - allowing them to see the love of God through us.  This in turn will draw people to God and it will provide a bridge for us to share Christ with them.  We need to remember, people don't care how much we know until they know how much we care.

I want to encourage you today to be merciful to others.  Whether it is forgiving them of a wrong they have done, or showing them compassion during their time of suffering.  Let's think about how merciful God has been in forgiving us, and how He has always been here for us.  We need to remember; showing mercy to others is far greater than any sacrifice on our part.  
 
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice." Matthew 9:13 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 9:13 what does God desire?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to show others the same mercy God shows you?

APPLICATION: Choose to be merciful and full of compassion for others especially those who are not saved and are destined to be eternally separated from God.

Father, thank You for Your mercies, which are new each and every day.  Thank You for Your compassion upon us.  Allow me to see things as You do Lord so I can have a compassion burning within me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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