Gifts 9

The last gift listed in Romans 12:6-8 is showing mercy.  Grace and mercy are two sides of the same coin.  Grace involves receiving something we do not deserve (salvation).  Mercy involves not receiving something we do deserve (condemnation).  Jesus indicates in Matthew 9:10-13 that God seeks followers who are merciful (compassionate).  He calls the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites” in Matthew 23:23 because they neglect justice, mercy and faithfulness.  James 3:17 associates mercy with wisdom from above.  Why should we be merciful?  Because God first extended mercy to us (Ephesians 2:4-7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 2:9,10).  We are saved through God’s mercy and not on the basis of our deeds (Titus 3:5)  We need to understand that judgment will be merciless to those who are not merciful (James 2:13).  We must show mercy to others.   This is true regarding physical needs (Luke 10:37; Matthew 18:33).  This is true regarding spiritual needs (Jude 20-23).  We must not forget that Romans 12:8 says we must show mercy with cheerfulness.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy (Matthew 5:7).  May we join together in glorifying God for His mercy (Romans 15:7-13).

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