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  • Matthew 5:7
    • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.*

True repentance (Deserving Punishment) equals true forgiveness (Pure Mercy and Grace)

  • The merciful forgive and are forgiven.
  • Followers of Christ must be people of mercy, for they have found mercy. (Our lives are an expression for what we are)
  • THE GOSPEL EMPHASIZES BEING RATHER THAN DOING
  • WE DO NOT CONTROL OUR CHRISTIANITY; IT CONTROLS US!!!
  • Mercy vs. Grace (Both flow out of love)
  • WE CANNOT RECEIVE THE MERCY AND FORGIVENESS OF GOD UNLESS WE REPENT, AND WE CANNOT CLAIM THAT WE HAVE REPENTED OF OUR SINS UNLESS WE ARE MERCIFUL TOWARDS OTHERS.
  • NOTHING CAN MOVE US TO FORGIVE LIKE KNOWING THAT WE OURSELVES ARE FORGIVEN.
  • A society that despises mercy is a society that glorifies brutality.
    • The Days of Noah
    • Sodom and Gomorrah
    • The United States of America?????????
      • Abortion
        • LEGAL Murder
      • Pro-Wrestling/UFC/Boxing
        • Pure Violence
      • Ice Hockey
        • Fights gain more Glory than the actual sport
        • “Were there any good fights at the game” – Said to a man who went to a hockey game
  • The more Jesus showed mercy the more he revealed the unmerciful nature of the Jewish religious leaders
    • “If any of you are without sin let you cast the first stone.” John 8:11
    • Gods mercy to His children never ceases Lamentation 3:22-23
    • “Great is thy faithfulness”
  • Old Testament Biblical Examples of Mercy
    • Abraham
      • When he rescued Lot
    • Joseph
      • When he forgave his brothers
    • Moses
      • When Moses pled with God to remove his sister’s leprosy
    • David
      • When he spared Saul’s life
  • To be merciful is to bare the load for someone else.
  • Those who are unmerciful will not receive mercy from God
  • Paul characterized godless men as:
    • Depraved
    • Wicked
    • Evil
    • Greedy
    • Envious
    • Murderous
    • Full of Strife, Deceit, and Malice
    • Gossipers
    • Slanderers
    • God-haters
    • Insolent
    • Arrogant
    • Boastful
    • Disobedient
    • Senseless
    • Faithless
    • Heartless
    • Ruthless (Unmerciful)
  • New Testament Examples of Mercy
    • Jesus
      • Luke 23:34-43
      • John 19:26-27
    • Stephan
      • Acts 7:60
  • Questions
    • Does God Forgive Us ONLY to the extent that we forgive others?
    • Is His forgiveness and mercy dependent upon the forgiveness and mercy of us towards others.
      • If so, none of us would be forgiven!
      • Forgiveness would be IMPOSSIBLE!
      • If so, the doctrine of grace would be nullified.
  • SCRIPTURE MUST BE INTERRUPTED BY OTHER SCRIPTURE.
    • “I AM TRULY MERCIFUL BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TRULY SHOWN MERCY.”
  • Summary: God’s Cycle of Mercy

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