I’ve been a part of this congregation for 12 years
now, and during that time most of you have had a conversation
with me where “I didn’t seem all there”.
I know some of you are like, “Aren’t you
were always that way?” Fair enough.
- One time I’m about to pass out b/c I’ve
worked 48 hours straight
- Next time, it’s back pain from my motorcycle
- I’m weak & sick most mornings (probably
from Celiac Disease)
- Stressed out b/c my todo list hasn’t had less
than 150 items on in 8 years
- ADD / APD so I hear every conversation and can’t
focus on any of them
Some days it’s all of the above! ..and then my
dear brother or sister asks if I noticed that so and
so seemed a little quiet today… and I’m
thinking I probably wouldn’t notice if the walls
But I love talking with you all. I’m not trying
to zone out on you... and you always show me patience
How wonderful is that mercy shown to me!
And that’s what I want us to think about just
for a moment here: showing grace, mercy, and patience
to others. And not just to those in the church who love
you, but also to those in the world who don’t
know or care for us.
We all want understanding and patience from others
toward us, right?
Are we equally as ready to give that understanding &
patience to them?
We always have a reason when we fall short: 'I’ve
been sick', 'I’m just too busy', 'my computer
crashed', 'dog ate my homework'.
We expect mercy and get upset if it we don’t get
But when someone else doesn’t deliver for us!
Do we jump all over them, report them to their boss,
or talk bad about them to others?
Brothers, do we become the unmerciful servant of Mt
18 who has been forgiven so much, but forces what we
want out of our fellow servants?
That worker that didn't offer you the great service
you wanted.. Did you take the time to find out that
their spouse just left them? or that they have family
dying from cancer? or that they are being sued for all
We can get a million lessons on patience & mercy
just by driving through Charlotte traffic. I kid you
not, while pondering this lesson on mercy yesterday,
I saw a vanity plate on a car in front of me that read
"g&mercy". I smiled, then watched that
car accelerate to prevent the car in the right lane
from getting in front of it... then once that car was
trapped behind a 3rd car, the 'mercy' car slowed down
to prevent it from getting behind it too!
Maybe I misread their plate... it mighta said ‘beg
Hope that wasn’t anyone’s plate in here.
If so, there’ll be an invitation offered in just
Would we drive any differently if we had a bumper sticker
that read “I’m a Christian”?
Really, we do carry that message, even if not written
on our car.
Do we drive like we wear Christ’s name?
Do we treat others like we wear Christ’s name?
Do we treat them as we would treat Christ?
inasmuch as you did it to one
of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me
How can we look past our problems and look at the needs
of others, being patient & merciful to them?
We can’t on our own, but we are able to do so
in Christ because God has first shown us grace &
Eph 4:32 - And be kind to one
another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even
as God in Christ forgave you.
It is because of God’s Great Mercy that we can
be merciful to others. It is also why we can be counted
righteous on the great Day of Judgment, but only by
accepting His Grace in obedience to the gospel.
If you haven’t done that, let us help you do so
If you are a Christian and have been forgiven much,
but are having trouble showing mercy to your fellow
servants, let us know so we can petition the Father
on your behalf.
We invite you to come forward and make your need known,
while together we stand and sing.