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MERCIFUL CHRISTIANITY

 A text transcript of the message preached at Elijah Ministries on 15th August 2004

Turn to Luke 6:35 Reading from the Modern King James Version.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. And your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. 36  Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven.

I’m sure you all remember the story of Lot in Genesis, which for me was one of the most amazing examples of God’s Mercy. Keep a bookmark in Luke and turn to Genesis 18:20

Genesis 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, 21  I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come to Me. And if not, I will know. 22  And the men turned their faces away from there, and went toward Sodom. But Abraham still stood before the LORD. 23  And Abraham drew near and said, Will You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24  Perhaps there are fifty righteous within the city. Will You also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are in it?
Now remember that Abraham’s nephew Lot and his whole family lived in Sodom… Abraham knew that God’s judgement on Sodom was coming, and so we see in the next verses 25-33, how Abraham actually plea bargains with God for the lives of his family. And the Lord, in an example of His great fairness, patience and mercy, agrees to spare the entire city if he firstly found 50, then 45, then 40, then 30, then 20 and then finally, if He found just 10 righteous people there – out of an entire city that was so wicked it boggles the brain! Remember that this is a city, not a village, or a town. How great is the Mercy of God? But it doesn’t end there …………lets go on…

In the beginning of Chapter 19, the 2 angels of the Lord enter Sodom to execute judgement on it. They are met at the gates by Lot, who takes them home with him and feeds them. Then in v4, we read:
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. 5  And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may know them. 6  And Lot went outside to them, and shut the door behind him. 7  And he said, I pray you brothers, do not act evilly. 8  Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known a man. I pray you, let me bring them out to you, and you do to them as you see fit. But do nothing to these men, for this is why they came under the shadow of my roof.

What a nightmare! What an unbelievably ugly scene! These savage men were intent on gang-raping the two visiting strangers. Lot was so desperate, he did something absolutely inconceivable: He offered his two virgin daughters to the mob, for them to do as they please! As a father, I cannot comprehend Lot's action. It absolutely strains my mind! And yet, even though Lot deserved to be judged for what he had just done, God’s judgement is still withheld…

9  And they said, Stand back! And they said, This one [speaking about Lot] came in to stay, and must he judge always? Now we will deal worse with you than with them. And they pressed hard upon Lot, and came near to breaking the door.
 10 But the men, (and here it speaks about the angels) put out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11  And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
How evil is this? The people were now blind and yet they still were overcome by their lust – they still searched for the door even though they couldn’t see!

 12  And the men (the angels) said to Lot, Have you anyone here besides yourself? Bring your sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters and whatever you have in the city, bring them out of this place. 13  For we will destroy this place because great is the cry of them before the face of the LORD. And the LORD has sent us to destroy it. 14  And Lot went out and spoke with his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, Get up and get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed to his sons-in-law as one that joked. 15  And when the dawn rose up, the angels hurried Lot, saying, Rise up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16  And ….he lingered, the angel laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters - the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him forth and set him outside the city. 17  And it happened when they brought him outside, He said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, nor stay in all the plain. Escape to the mountain lest you be consumed. 18  And Lot said to them, Oh no, Lord, 19  behold now, Your servant has found grace in Your sight, and You have magnified Your mercy, which You have shown to me in saving my life. And I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die. 20  Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21  And He said to him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22  Hurry and escape there! For I cannot do anything till you have come there.
Here we see quite an amazing thing. We see God actually suspending the destruction of Sodom until Lot was safe. How great is the care that God takes of His people! How great is the love that God shows, even to weak men that hesitate and linger !

23  The sun had risen upon the earth, and Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the LORD out of the heavens. 25  And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26  But, his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27   And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD. 28  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the lands of the plain, and saw, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29  And when God destroyed the cities of the plain, it happened that He remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived. 30  And Lot went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain, and his two daughters with him. For he feared to live in Zoar, and he and his two daughters lived in a cave….
 What follows now is that Lots 2 daughters feed him wine, they make him drunk, they sleep with him and then both fall pregnant after committing incest with their father.

My goodness! What a horrific scene….! Evil, lust, unbelief, debauchery, homosexuality, Rape and even incest! Quite unbelievable. And yet, just when you are filled with disgust at this story, just when you think about how evil Sodom was, how much they deserved God’s Judgement - we need to be reminded about what’s happening in our world, because the scenes here are just as bad, if not… worse. Things are happening today that just 30-40 years ago would have been questioned by even the secular world, even by unbelievers! For example -

·                     Abortion is now legal in many countries across the world.
Is it Ok for us to play God?? To take a life when we feel like it?
America, as an example, kills between 4000-8000 unborn babies every day! And everyone wonders what they did to deserve September 11?? The USA claims to be the bastion of modern day "Christianity", and yet they are the world leader in the pagan tradition of human sacrifice! Unfortunately, the God of Israel is not easily mocked.

The very same thing is now happening in South Africa, where 2003 statistics show that 200 babies are killed every day through abortions and that figure is steadily climbing; in South Africa, where BY LAW, we parents now have no say whatsoever in the decision, even on pregnant children under the age of 16!!
The Latest United Nations statistics report that there are 46 million legal abortions worldwide, every year46 million murders!……    All I can say is that Our Judgement sorely awaits us...

·                     How far away are we from cloning a human – if it hasn’t been done already?
On Wednesday, this Wednesday Britain officially approved the use of human cloning for Medical research. This might sound OK in the name of technology and progress, but what you must understand is that this involves the production of stem cells cloned from viable human embryos. This just takes abortion and human sacrifice to a new level. What will be next? Will God really allow us to usurp His Creation? This could be the ultimate blasphemy – think about it - A human being without a SPIRIT?

·        Today, It's OK for Pastors/preachers to have billion dollar bank accounts, to own Lear Jets, drive Rolls Royce's, to drip in jewellery and to live in the laps of luxury, while they fleece their poverty stricken congregations with unbiblical tithing laws??

·                     Today, Pornography is now one's right to freedom of expression?!?? The latest statistics show that 50% of all INTERNET WEBSITE TRAFFIC, is to pornographic websites!

·                     Today, moves are afoot worldwide to legalize prostitution, homosexual marriages and homosexual adoption of children.  I ask you what chance does a child have, that is brought up by 2 gay parents?

·                     Today, the so-called “Christian” Catholic Church is so hopelessly deceived in it's traditions of men and it's idolatrous worship of Mary, that it’s judgement continues with the weekly exposes of it’s paedophile and homosexual priests. The latest scandal involves priests filming orgies in a monastery!

·                     The mainstream churches of today say it's OK for Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, Jews and Christians to Pray and Worship together - as we saw in the aftermath of September 11th!

·                     Today, the persecution of Christians worldwide has reached epic proportions, where in the Indo Pacific alone, it is estimated that 400 Christians die every day for their faith.

·                     The killing of Christians in Bosnia, Sudan, China, Vietnam, Nigeria, Laos, Iraq, Pakistan and practically every other Muslim controlled nation in the world is a shameful reminder to us all of what REAL Christianity is all about, of what real faith is –
and meanwhile, all we can do is murmur and moan about our circumstances!!

·                     Isn’t it strange that out of the list of top 20 Christian persecuting nations, 15 are Muslim…. the other 5 being communist.

·                     In this lifetime, there WILL NEVER BE TRUE PEACE IN JERUSALEM. Why? It’s very simple - Because God said so. In Zech 12:2, God says: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  The United Nations has passed over 400 resolutions against Israel, never ONCE condemning an Arab state! 400- Nil! That’s an amazing prophecy - playing out before our very eyes!

·                     Today, the 'Mark of the Beast' (which might very well be a computer chip implant) is already under test programs throughout the world.

·                     Today, millions of people are dying to the scourge of HIV/AIDS, which is another judgement of God on a Godless society that has truly lost it’s moral values. No amount of condom wearing will ever stop this plague – the only thing that will stop it, is for people to return to the values of a God-fearing society.

·                     Today, it is considered HATE SPEECH to say that Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth and the life.

·                     Today, true Christians are considered intolerant, judgemental and most often MAD for our beliefs – one of my patients that I was witnessing to the other day said to me: “I can’t believe that you can think the way you do? You’re an educated person….This is the 21st Century, you know!”

·                     Today, in our society, it's not only perfectly acceptable to be a homosexual, but it's now acceptable to be a homosexual priest!… as is accepted practice in the Anglican Church… and all the other denominations are hot on their heels.
I tell you something…. At least there weren’t any homosexual priests in Sodom!

·                     On this last Wednesday, a Swedish pastor was convicted of hate speech and jailed for preaching against homosexuality!

And we think Sodom and Gomorrah was bad - For goodness sake people, we are worse than Sodom and Gomorrah!

Jesus said in Matt 24 that one of the signs of the end of the world would be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes.
Famines?
Let me just read to you some statistics from the UN World Food programme:
10 million people in the world die every year from starvation – that’s 25000 people a day, that’s 1 life every 5 seconds, dieing from starvation!
842 million people do not have enough food to eat on a daily basis and suffer from malnutrition, that’s just under 1/3 of the entire world’s population, half of who live in South Asia. The other half live in sub-Saharan Africa. 1 in 3 people in Sub Saharan Africa are starving. This world has NEVER seen famine like it is now.

Pestilences?
Lets have a look – HIV/AIDS, Anthrax, Mad cow disease, the SARS Virus, the West Nile Virus, Ebola, Avian flu – these are all relatively new and lethal diseases, some of them brand new… new pestilences; and right now there are record-breaking plagues of locusts sweeping across the crops of North Africa!

Anyone who doubts that we are living in the last days, needs to seriously wake up, because this world that we live in, like Sodom and Gomorrah was, is RIPE for God’s judgement.
Now is the time to clean up our lives people, now is the time to give your heart to the Lord, Today is the day of salvation, because tomorrow it might be too late. If you were to die today, do you know where you’re going?

But lets get Back to Lot….
Why did God send angels to rescue Lot and his family? We know that Lot and his daughters were ultimately saved out of Sodom, but his two sons-in-law and wife were destroyed. Why was Lot saved? Why did God send angels to literally pull this man out of destruction?  Was it because of Lot's morality? Was it because God saw something great in him? No! The answer is very simple:  and we read it already… go back to v16 in chapter 19  16And while he lingered, the angels laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being…. merciful …unto him, and brought him forth, and set him without the city.

And this is confirmed in 2 peter 2where Scripture says Lot was a righteous man – 2 Peter 2: 6 if God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;  7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men  8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—  9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.  

Lot is a type of the remnant believer in these last days, living in a wicked society about to be judged. Right now the world is ripe for destruction; indeed, many nations are already under judgment. But, if Lot was righteous, and if the faithful remnant of God's church today is righteous, it is only because of …..what? ………it’s only because of the blood of Jesus Christ, and not because of any goodness or morality the Lord has seen in us. It is only out of his sheer mercy that He came to us and pulled us out of the judgment that we so richly deserve -- even when we hesitated, just like Lot, to leave our sins! Think about it: When you were saved, the Spirit of God took you by the hand and literally pulled you out of your sins. In my case, He had to smash me about the head a few times…. but it was Him who brought us out of judgment, out of Sodom. And very often, as in my case, we don’t go willingly; maybe he had to lead you out, as he did Lot; and maybe He had to break you as He does to so many of us who come to repentance.

And as we see the sins of our society mounting to heaven: immorality and evil are growing at a phenomenal rate, how is it that we are not swallowed up in it? Why have we not been carried away with the moral landslide? Since Sodom, sin has had thousands of years to ripen and become more savage, vile, evil and wicked. And of course, the Bible says sin will grow increasingly worse. And in this generation -- which is far more violent, bloody and wicked than Sodom and Gomorrah ever was -- the only reason we are able to come to God's house, is the everlasting mercy of Jesus Christ!

Maybe you have asked the question: "Why me, Lord? Why am I not lying out on the streets half-dead? Why am I not one of the millions of lost souls who curse the name of Jesus? Why have you saved these people all around me in church?

It is for no other reason than the simple and absolute mercy of God! The Lord, being merciful to us, brought us forth and set us outside this doomed society. We all deserved judgement -- but he had mercy on us!

One Cannot Read the History of God's Dealings With Israel Without Being Amazed at How Merciful He Was Toward Them.

In Deuteronomy 4, Moses warned Israel that in "the latter days" they would corrupt themselves, making graven images and doing evil that would provoke God to anger. And if they did so, God would punish them, scatter them and turn them over to idolatry.

Israel did turn away from the Lord, time after time, backsliding continually. Yet the Lord never gave up on these people. He showed them mercy after mercy, reaching out to them again and again with love and compassion: Deuteronomy 4:29-31 29  But if you shall seek the LORD your God from there, you shall find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30  When you are in trouble and when all these things have found you in the latter days, then you shall return to the LORD your God and shall be obedient to His voice. 31  For the LORD your God is a merciful God; He will not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

How many times have you failed the Lord? I know I fail Him just about every time I open my mouth – the only reason I open my mouth is to change feet – and I know I fail Him practically every time I get into my car… among the MANY other times that I fail Him…. Yet just at the time we deserve to be punished -- to be put to public shame, because we sinned against God's love -- God instead …… shows us mercy. He doesn’t forsake you or destroy you. He has compassion on you. And he puts it in your heart to ……..return and obey him!

I hope that as you hear this message, you're not smugly saying, "This message is not for me." How many times do we sit and listen in church and think, shew this message is perfect for so-and-so, for Joe, I wish Bloggs was here, he needs to hear this!
I urge you -- remove from your mind any thought that you have ever deserved God's mercy! None of us deserves to be where we are today. No one has received mercy because of any personal
goodness. No! Instead, we cry as in Psalm 117, "For his merciful kindness is great toward us..." and Psalm 86: "Thou, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth".

Do you acknowledge that God has been merciful and kind toward you? Has he been slow to anger about your sins and failures?

And this poses the main question of today’s message:
Are you in turn a merciful, kind Christian to others? We already read in Luke 6:36, which says:
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Psalm 37:21 - ...the righteous show mercy, and give" .

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Why would God send new people across our paths to witness to if we weren't ready to receive such needy people with kindness, mercy and grace? Shouldn't we be praying about our lack of mercy and kindness to others? Instead of bashing them over the head with doctrine and continually pointing out how wrong they are, shouldn’t we be loving them, showing them kindness and mercy, showing them the fruit of being a true Christian?……. For by our fruit, they will know us………….Once we’ve shown them this mercy,  – THEN we can bash them over the head with doctrine.

When I was first saved, someone gave me some pearls of wisdom, which ring true to today’s message and the lives we ought to be leading – preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words. Preach the Gospel at all times, in whatever you do.
 
Turn to James 2:13 
For he who has shown no mercy shall have judgment without mercy, and mercy exults over judgment.
14 My brothers, what profit is it, if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him?

Many Christians think it is enough to be pure and sanctified. We think that is the number-one issue -- and that all we need to do is abstain from evil, come out from the world and remain clean. Many have preached strong messages on holiness and purity. But according to James, purity is merely the first matter of concern: In v17 James says: But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Yes, we must first be clean. But mercy, grace, kindness and good fruits must follow!

It is a terrible shame upon Christ's body that people on the streets can be more kind and gentle than many in the church. I recently read a story about a Christian woman who asked her husband, "I'm not asking much of you - just that you treat me as kindly as you treat your friends. Please, talk to me the same way that you talk to your friends. Let me be like those you associate with outside of our home." What a shame on us husbands, on wives, brothers and sisters too – where we treat our loved ones worse than we treat our acquaintances.

The cause of all unkindness and mercilessness in God's house is this: Christians who show no mercy, who are without compassion, who act and speak unkindly, have never understood or appreciated God's mercy to themselves. Some Christians are harsh and unforgiving because they have never understood how close to being damned they were at one time. They never considered or have forgotten the exceeding sinfulness of their own sins; they look lightly on their debt of sin, along with the merciful grace God has extended to them. They didn't understand how truly filthy and ugly their sins were -- and how much grace and mercy they needed!

When someone really and truly understands how lost they are in their sin, only then can they become to understand their desperate need for a Saviour and His Mercy.

But lets go back a bit further and see what this mercy is all about. Go back to Luke 6 again….
29  And to him that smites you on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloak forbid not to take your coat also. 30  Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again. 31  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 32For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them. 33  And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you?  for sinners also do even the same. 34  And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35  But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. 36  Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

How is this mercy to be shown then… Luke says that we show mercy by loving all people, including our enemies,  and by… GIVING.

Psalm 37:21 confirms this:  The wicked borrows, and never pays again; but the righteous shows mercy, and gives.

How do we give? The very basic principles of giving are summarized in 2 Cor 9: 6  Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

But now turn with me to Galatians 6:6 
But let him who is taught in the Word share with…. the one teaching, in all good things. 7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap.

Now, Providing whatever support we can for our teacher is an obligation for every believer. The Bible says that we must support our teacher, in whatever way we can - as the Holy Spirit purposes in our heart. But Paul even warns us that if we don’t, we are being deceived and we dare to mock God!

I want to ask a question of you today -
How come, there are 2-300 people here every Sunday, getting absolutely and truly blessed by the teachings of our pastor and yet…. we give so little in return?
How is it that this ministry is almost single-handedly financed by a handful of faithfuls?
How come that our pastor has to hold down a full-time job, suffer all the persecution he does and then still have to stay up to midnight most nights in preparation for Sunday? I’m not sure how many of you realize and actually understand what a difficult life he leads – with the persecution he has to suffer and the incredible stress, that teaching the Truth puts on a wife and family. Having done this for just one week, I now look at his family with renewed respect and admiration.
How come, people that we don’t give enough to support even our own pastor?

How is it that it is, Sunday after Sunday, the same people who help out with the incredible responsibility of teaching our children in Sunday School, the same handful of people who teach our youth, who help out with the tapes, with the videos, with packing of chairs, with putting up tents and taking them down again, with helping with the toddlers, with making the teas, with Car Park duty? The same handful of people… Sunday after Sunday… How come people?
How come, that in spite of the Word that we’re blessed with, there are so many of us that just murmur and gripe and moan?

Where are our works people? Where are the fruits of our faith? Where is our mercy?

Have you become lukewarm in your faith, in the mercy you show, in your works, your love and in your giving? We ALL need to search our hearts people, we need to stand up and be counted in our support for this ministry, because as the Bible says:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, so shall he reap.

Forgive me if I have come across a little harsh on this subject, but it is something that has been troubling me for some time now… and it is something that I believe this congregation needs to hear. And please, I want to stress something.. that the elders of this church have absolutely no idea what I was preaching today – and I’ll probably be hauled over the coals for it too, but then Amen and so be it. It needed to be said.

Let’s go back to MERCY – and find out a bit more….
We find the key to the Mercy shown us in Psalm 119. Turn there with me… The author makes a powerful statement here: Psalm 119:76
  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. The meaning here is that we are to be comforted by the knowledge that the Lord is merciful and full of compassion to us. We need to draw comfort from that great truth! V77 let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live.

If you were to look up the words "merciful" and "mercy" in a concordance, you'd find literally hundreds of references. In fact the words come up only 486 times in the KJV of the Bible! God's word absolutely overwhelms us with many promises of his marvellous grace, his loving kindness and His compassion. His Word impresses upon us that He is merciful, patient, slow to anger about our failures, weaknesses and temptations.
And His Word impresses upon us how important it is for US to show mercy to others.

All God's promises of mercy are given to comfort us in our trials, to strengthen us, to give us the endurance to overcome, so that we can be merciful to others in their trials. But, unless we draw comfort from the mercy that God shows to us, unless we understand how great His mercy has been towards us, we are in no position to give mercy that offers comfort to others.

Turn with me to 2 Cor 1: 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4  He, comforting us in all our trouble, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in every trouble, through the comfort, with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ. 6  And if we are troubled, it is for your consolation… and… salvation, being worked out in the endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer;… if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

We are told that this is important people… in v 6 it says that this mercy and comfort is an aspect of our salvation! Nothing else is more important that our salvation, isn’t it? Only when we experience the absolute mercy of God will there be an overflow of mercy to everyone around us. We become merciful people because we are living in the mercy of God ourselves!

Merciful Christians are the Lord's comforters. And they can show and speak mercy because they have experienced the incredible comfort of God's mercy to them.

We need to never forget how merciful God has been to us -- how he comforted me with his love and compassion when I needed it. We need to remind ourselves constantly that Jesus came to seek that which was lost. His mercy extends to all, to even the ungrateful and the evil. Brothers and sisters, you only need to search God's word, and to believe all he has said about his mercy to you, to settle your troubled soul and be comforted in God's mercifulness to you -- and then you need to let that mercy overflow to others! We all need to acknowledge to God, I know what you did for me. Allow me to truly understand how great my debt is. Let me show mercy, because you had mercy on me!

Matt 10: 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, now freely give.

I thank you for your time.

Amen.

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