MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 41:1 “Blessed is he who considers the poor! The Lord delivers him in the day of trouble.”
HYMN: MHB 356 ( God of wonders, all Thy ways.
If we are to find the approval of God in being merciful the first thing that we need to do is to understand the meaning of mercy. We use the term “forgiveness” almost interchangeable with the term “mercy” but there is a slight difference. Mercy is the source of forgiveness, and forgiveness is the expression of mercy. We often think of mercy in terms of sympathy, kindness, or compassion. But mercy is more than just being compassionate to someone in need.
Jesus made this abundantly clear when He told “The Parable of the Good Samaritan.” Several men passed by the man who had been attacked by robbers and left beside the road, until a Samaritan came by and actually helped the poor man. The Samaritan dwellers of the 10 Northern Kingdom had become enemies of the Jews (though, they were Jews too), when Jeroboam revolted and made Samaria his capital and worship centre. Jesus then asked, “So which of these three do you think was neighbour to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise,” (Luke 10:36-37).
Mercy is not mere sympathy; It is the deliberate act of feeling someone else’s need and seeking to provide relief.
There are people in the Bible who were merciful;
1. The jailer to Joseph (Gen. 39:21-23);
2. Joshua to Rahab the harlot (Joshua 6:25-27);
3. David to Saul (1 Sam. 24: 10-17);
4. The king and the debtor – servant (Matt.18:27).
Of course, God and His Son, Jesus Christ, had variously shown mercy in the scriptures. They are still showing mercy to the whole world in sin!
Beloved, as we go out today, let us be merciful to others. Learn to forgive any offender, as God forgives us when we sin. Show love to all, and you shall be richly blessed.
PRAYER: Unto You O Lord I commit my life to Thee. Have mercy upon me and deliver me in the day of trouble. Amen.

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