Be Merciful

Is there someone in your life you want reach in a very special way? Would you like to bring a family member or close friend to Jesus? Are you unsure how you can go about it? Do you need some advice?

Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior know the importance of doing so. We long for family and friends to do the same. It is especially important for us if we have experienced God bringing us from a very bad place into a wonderful place.

Some of us have been in some really bad places. Perhaps you were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Perhaps you have battled with emotional distress or depression. Perhaps you felt like a complete failure due to being continually put down by others. You know the negative experiences you have been lifted from.

Once we are pulled out of those bad places and experience the goodness of God, we want everyone to experience it. We no longer understand why anyone would want to stay in that bad place. We know the dramatic difference between living one way versus the other. We have a passion for bringing others into a better place. Unfortunately, we sometimes struggle with how to convince them to do so.

Our first step is to show mercy, just as God has shown mercy to us. We must be gracious toward them and show patience. As they make statements against what we are telling them, we cannot refute their statements in anger or hate. Patience, mercy, and perseverance are required. We will need to be creative, thinking of different ways to explain our belief. We must never give up.

I pray we all commit to bringing our family and friends to Jesus. I pray we show mercy to those who doubt. I pray each one of us will never give up attempting to expand the kingdom of God. Be merciful. Be gracious. Persevere. Never give up. Be creative. Tell your story.

Jude 22-23 Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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