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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Mercy! MERCY?! Yes, mercy!!

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Proverbs 11:17 A man who is kind (merciful) benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

There is a great scene in the movie, You’ve Got Mail. It’s a love story where actors Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have an interesting relationship over email. The great scene is where Tom’s character is in a grocery store and the bit unmerciful Meg’s character is in the wrong line hoping to get mercy from the cashier, yet no one is giving her any kindness or sympathy. However, Tom comes in and with his kind, compassionate, empathetic way makes everything all right and most everyone ends up happy. Mercy brings on mercy.

I’m sure you have seen it in real-life as we have noticed someone who is not kind, unforgiving, not compassionate or caring, and certainly not all that sympathetic towards another. Then along comes that nice person who just oozes mercy. They care deeply about others, asking good questions that show interest, and they listen. They forgive easily and through their responses they let you know they understand you and how you feel. They see the needs of others and are moved both to care and to help if they can. They are merciful.

God is merciful and the true example of mercy. Mercy is part of His character.

Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Psalms 145:9 The LORD is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

God’s desire is that we would reflect His mercy.

Luke 6:35-36 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father (God) is merciful.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Mercy is not weakness but the strength to NOT give into anger, insensitivity, entitlement, unforgiveness, arguing, pride, and self-obsession. Mercy seeks to care about others, to be sympathetic and do the hard work of understanding how others feel. Mercy seeks forgiveness. Mercy pursues peace. Mercy is tenderhearted.

Wow, could our world, our nation, our state, our city, our community use some mercy! It starts with each of us seeking to be a bit more merciful. Mercy! You mean each of us showing a bit more mercy? Yes, mercy!!

God’s mercy tends to be expressed and learned at church. We can also learn how to show mercy at church. Why not give church a try this weekend? If you don’t have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Working on being more merciful along with you,

Mike McKay, Lead Pastor, Neighborhood Church