Apr 12, 2017 by Will Maule

Rick Warren: 3 Reasons We Should ALWAYS Show Mercy To Others

I once heard a pastor say that grace was God giving us gifts that we do not deserve, but that mercy was God withholding punishment that we do deserve. Mercy is a central characteristic of our Father God, so much so that he sent his one and only son to die, so that we might be shown mercy. Jesus was shown no mercy, so that we might live in the light of his mercy. Incredible. So, why should we show mercy ourselves? Well, Pastor Rick Warren gives us 3 key reasons.

1. God is merciful.
Jesus said, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36 NIV).
"Before you judge others for their sins and failures, remember how many times God has forgiven you. When it seems inconvenient to help somebody in need, stop and remember how God has comforted you when you were hurting. When you think about those people who try your patience, stop and remember how patient God has been with you."

2. I need mercy every day.
"I can’t expect to be perfect from now until the time I die, so I’m going to need more mercy. The Bible says, “No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others” (James 2:13a GW). I need God’s forgiveness, kindness, patience, and help every day of my life. God says you get what you give. Forgiveness and mercy are a two-way street."

3. Mercy makes me happy.
"Jesus said, “Happy are those who are merciful to others” (Matthew 5:7a GNT). Doing acts of mercy gets me out of myself. It gets my focus off of me and onto other people. And that produces happiness. In fact, a tremendous way to treat depression is through acts of mercy. As you give your life away, happiness begins to come back to you, and the clouds of depression begin to lift and blow away."

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