Summary: God is a God of mercy, we too need to show mercy to others.
I heard about a wife, who had a terribly rough day with her 3 small children, all day and they had been terrible. Her husband got home about 5:30 that evening and before he could sit down, she lit in on him about the children’s behavior...He came back, with, she’s home, and it’s her fault if they act like that. Their argument grew in intensity and loudness. Finally after two hours of fussing and fighting...the husband said, "I’ll tell you what, let’s start the whole evening over again. I’ll go back outside and come in again and we’ll start over." She agreed. He went outside on the porch turned around came back to the door, opened it and called out, "Honey, I’m home." To which she replied with a sarcastic snarl, "It’s about time, it’s 7:30, where have you been for the last two hours?"
This message is the last one from the series, “Attributes of Our Awesome God.”
I hope that as we have looked at some of the attributes of God that you have gained a better understanding of who God is and what God is all about.
I want to ask you a couple of questions. How many of you have done things in your life that you did on purpose, then you were caught? When you were caught, what were you hoping for?
How many of you have done something on accident or without thinking that hurt someone? What did you want from the person that you wronged?
One more question. When you have been wronged, what do you want as payment for the wrong that was committed against you?
In our society, we really want to see justice given out to people. Justice seeks to give people what they deserve for what they have done. Justice seeks to get back at the person who perpetrated the wrong against us. Is there a place for justice? Yes there is.
There are people who are just looking for reasons to get mad at people. This is not the way we ought to be.
I am thankful for the attribute that we are going to look at today. This attribute will be one that allows us to stand before God and accept a ticket to heaven. Today we are going to look at the attribute of mercy.
The word’s mercy and compassion basically mean the same thing in the Bible.
The word mercy in the Old Testament is related to the word for “womb”. This may reflect a mother’s affection toward her child (as in 1 kings 3:26) or the bond sibling’s have for one another as in Genesis 43:30 where Joseph saw his brothers for the first time in years.
Other variations of the word have their roots in human relationships. The husband/wife, the father/son. One who experiences the mercy of another is to reciprocate when the opportunity presents itself.
Mercy is the willingness to spare or forgive someone.
Compassion is sorrow or pity with a desire to help or spare. It is sympathy for pain or sorrow that prompts one to help a person.
When we are dealing with family members, we usually give them a lot more leeway than we would a stranger. If our own children needed money or other help, we would try to help them. A compassionate, merciful person will extend those same graces to other people, as if they were a part of their family.