Let Mercy Rule
Ephesians 4:31, 32 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”
Mercy is like a diamond; It has many faces.
1. Mercy means being patient with people’s quirks. - How do you get more patience for your kids, spouse, or friends? The Bible says in James 3:17, “The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy”. The wiser you become, the more patient and merciful you become.
2. Mercy means helping anyone around you who is hurting. -You cannot love your neighbor as yourself without being merciful. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it”.
3. Mercy means giving people a second chance - When somebody hurts us, we normally want to get even or write that person off. But the Bible says in Ephesians 4:31-32 to give them another chance.
4. Mercy means doing good to those who hurt you. - Mercy is giving people what they need, not what they deserve. Why should we do it? Because that’s what God does with you: “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back....Luke 6:35-36)
5. Mercy means being kind to those who offend you. - You’ve got to be more interested in winning people to Christ than in winning the argument. Jude 1:22-23 says, “Show mercy to those who have doubts. Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell....)
6. Mercy means building bridges of love to the unpopular. - This is what I call premeditated mercy, because you intentionally build friendships with people who don’t have friends or who are not accepted in society.
When people questioned why Jesus ate with tax collectors and other unpopular people, Jesus said, “‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners” (Matthew 9:13)
7. Mercy means valuing relationships over rules. - Romans 13:10 says, “Love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.” If you want to show mercy, put people before policies. Put their needs before procedures. Put relationships before regulations. Choose love over law