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"God is Love- Seen in‘His Mercy’"
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
Character Attribute #11C, 1D.Mercy
11 C. Love of God = ‘God seeking the highest good of displaying His own will’
Love = God seeking the very best for the object of His love.
We are studying the words in scripture that describe love as attributed to, or from God Himself.
Another often used word for God’s love is the word mercy.
Shown to Lot’s Wife; and Lot – Gen 19:16,19
Abraham’s Servant for Abraham – Gen 24:27
Jacob’s Coming upon Esau – Gen 32:10
Joseph In the Prison In Egypt – Gen 39:21
Israel on Mount Sinai – Ex 20:6
God Himself to Moses – Ex 34: 6-7
Two Blind men – Matt 9:27-30
Demon-possessed Son – Matt 17:15-21
The Publican – Luke 18:13
Definition of mercy (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
"Mercy – the aspect of God’s love that causes Him to help the miserable, just as grace is the aspect of His love that moves Him to forgive the guilty. Those who are miserable may be so either because of breaking God’s law, or because of circumstances beyond their control.
"God shows mercy upon those who have broken His law. (Daniel 9:9; 1 Tim. 1:13, 16), although such mercy is selective, demonstrating that it is not deserved (Romans 9:14-18) God’s mercy on the miserable extends beyond punishment that is withheld (Eph 2:4-6). Withheld punishment keeps us from hell, but it does not get us into heaven. God’s mercy is greater than this.
"God also shows mercy by actively helping those who are miserable because of circumstances beyond their control. We see this aspect of mercy especially in the life of our Lord Jesus. He healed blind men (Matthew 9:27-31; 20: 29-34) and lepers (Luke 17:11-19). These acts of mercy grew out of His attitude of compassion and mercy.
"Finally, because God is merciful, He expects His children to be merciful (Matthew 5:7; James 1:27)." – p. 697.
Paul and Later NT Author’s Writings
Ro 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Ro 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Ro 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Ro 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
1Co 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2Co 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
Ga 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1Ti 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
2Ti 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
Tit 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
2Jo 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Jude 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.