This morning was part five in the eight-part Beatitudes series and we looked at "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7).
We started by looking back at the first four beatitudes and how they parallel and while connect with the next four. Check out Matthew chapter 5 and verses 3 & 7, then 4 & 8, then 5 & 9, then 6 & 10.
Mercy: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is in one's power to punish or harm
Mercy is a desperately needed gift of God's providencial and redemptive work on behalf of sinners. We looked at how we can be merciful to others first and how we are told to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:44) and how we talk to other, present ourselves on social media and how we interact with those we disagree with are important aspects of mercy. Pastor Dave asked us, from Matthew 5:47, "what are you doing more than others?"
We then looked at how God is merciful to us.
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever, He does not treat us as our sin deserves, or repay us according to our iniquity." ~Psalm 103:8
Pastor Dave shared the story of the woman caught in adultery and how He did not leave her as she was -- "Go now and leave your life of sin". (John 8:1-11)
We then learned about the Landfill Harmonic -- where a city landfill in Cateura, Paraguay becomes the source for amazing instruments, made from trash. Where the world saw garbage, and they saw music.
Pastor Dave invited those who would like to, to pick up the garbage around the sanctuary, and bring it to the alter.