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Mercy Person

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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As John describes Jesus – the Word becoming flesh – I am struck by yet another difference between Jesus and me! He was and is full of grace as John writes – and I am not always filled with grace – and at times the church is not as well. I am not – by nature – a mercy person – yet as a pastor – I am called to show mercy – maybe another name is compassion. The church is too. At times we do a good job of it. At times we do not.

I was listening to a broadcast on the web the other day and they were talking about grace – and restoration – in the church. Amazingly – their stories were that even in the church – there weren’t a lot of people who knew how or were even willing to show grace. Those who have been shown grace – who have been shown mercy – by God – should be the first ones willing to show mercy – forgiveness to others. God’s grace should be evident in our lives. God’s grace is poured out on us and we should share it with others. Can I get an AMEN?

The church – at times – has a hard time showing grace to those among us who have fallen – who have sinned. Yeah – we might be pretty good at showing grace for small things – but when someone has a major failing – we have a hard time showing grace. I’ve heard this before – the church might be the only place where they kill their own wounded. Is there someone in your life – in my life – that needs grace right now?

If we took the time to reflect upon the grace God shows us – we would be filled with grace for others. We have even been told to pray for grace for others – as we say the Lord’s Prayer. Luke’s version uses – Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

Luke 11:2-4 – He said to them,“When you pray, say: “‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ “

You may have learned it as – forgive us our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us) – and our debt (trespass) to God is our sin! We owe a debt of sin – our life – which we could never repay. Yet – God forgives us through Christ and through Christ we should forgive others! As we walk out our faith – let us think on these things! Jesus was full of grace for us – we need to be full of grace for others.

Let’s take a moment to think about the hatred and anger in our society today over the sins of others and our sin. Let’s think of those who we think are not lovable. Let’s take the time to reflect on our sin and after thanking God for His grace – let’s shower grace on one another.

I’m not – by nature – a mercy person – but – God has mercy on me. Without that mercy – I would be lost to hell. I cannot help but show mercy to others! I have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb. It matters not what my nature is – I am a child of God and must live by His calling on my life.

Holy Spirit – pour out on me and on our congregation and help us to be mercy people. Help us during Pentecost and even year round – to be people of mercy!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 29, 2020 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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