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Show Mercy And You Will Receive Mercy

Show Mercy And You Will Receive Mercy

"I knew he was a fraud the first day I set my eyes on him. You should have seen him walking around the church acting like he was a true 'MAND' of God. Well, I thank God for the spirit of discernment so I could pick out a wolf in sheep's clothing. It serves him right to fall from grace like that. He should 'buss' hell wide open. We don't need any of his kind in this church. He's just not up to our standard of hooooliness. Ooooh, I feel The Spirit. Ooooh, He's moving inside of me. Mooove Spirit... moooove. Cleanse this house of this unrighteousness. Oooo, I feel the power! Wash us Lord. Rababababah..."

Today, we continue with Part 6 of our latest series; "God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?" See Part 1 for the full list of seven points described in "A Method To God's Mercy". Click here for Part 5 - "You Are Responsible For What You Know". We'll continue today with 3) Those who have shown mercy to others will receive mercy from God. His Kingdom is based on seed, time and harvest.

1 Corinthians 10:12(NKJV) - Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

"If your neighbor's house is on fire, throw water on your own."

That's some priceless advice. Never celebrate someone else's demise because you might be next. Be slow to point a critical index finger because at least three others will be pointing right back at you. It's not always easy and it rarely comes naturally but it pays to be merciful. I have learned over the years to take advantage of opportunities to show mercy to others because one day I may be the one looking for it.

James 2:13(NLT) - There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

Wounded, hurting Christians are slow moving, easy targets. Don't give into the temptation to pick on them. Have you ever had mercy on someone who clearly did something wrong and thanked God later when someone did the same for you? Those who show mercy are figuratively sowing seeds of mercy into the lives of others which they can harvest later in their own lives. However, the direct opposite is also true.

People who don't show mercy end up needing some later in their lives and don't always find it. Why is it that some of the most critical, judgmental people end up getting caught in some kind of indiscretion of their own? They sentence people to hell with their words while their secrets are safe until God exposes their sins for the world to see. Everyone is then completely shocked when the tables are turned and they have to beg others for mercy. Ouch!

Show Mercy And You Will Receive Mercy

Matthew 18:23-35(NLT) “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

If you give mercy you will get mercy. If you don't give mercy you won't get it when you really need it. That's a Kingdom principle that God established. Why do some people get more mercy than others? Some people give more mercy than others. One of the master principles of The Kingdom of God is the principle of seed, time and harvest. In short, it means, whatever you sow you will reap.

The servant who showed no mercy for the debt of a few thousand dollars actually had a right to demand payment. He was justified to put his fellow servant in jail until he got his money. If this was based purely on a man's rights, this man had the right to do what he did. However, exercising your rights is not the only or best option in every situation. That's what mercy is all about.

Mercy is demonstrated when a man has a right to punish or execute judgment on another but gives up that right and liberates the person who does not deserve it. Like the unforgiving servant, you don't have to show mercy if you don't want to. However, if you have been shown mercy or will need some in the future you probably should.

You have a right to sue that brother in The Lord who owes you money but should you? You have a right to expose that person's past to other people but should you? If you were cheated on you should be free to cheat too, right? After what he did, you have a right to walk away when he needs you the most but should you? She hit you first so you have a right to beat her like she stole something but should you?

Matthew 5:7(KJV) - Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Life is strange. You never know what's around the corner or what the future holds for you. That's why you should always play it safe. Create your future by sowing the right types of seeds today. Be quick to forgive. Be quick to give people the benefit of the doubt. Be quick to accept other people's flaws. Be quick to show mercy. By doing so, you store up mercy for your future.

Psalm 109:14-17(NKJV) - Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. Let them be continually before the Lord, That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth; Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.

Don't be that guy! Show mercy today.

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