The Mercy Journey
“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6.
We often become proud of the things that we give to God and others. We may serve, sacrifice and bring our offerings to Him. But we often fail to give mercy. Research shows that one of four Christians have a person in their life that they “just can’t forgive.” All human beings wrestle with the topics of understanding, receiving and giving mercy. Over the next few weeks, we join together in the “mercy journey” in our own hearts, homes, church and community.
June 16 : God’s Mercy - In Your Heart
In His mercy, God has given His Son Jesus Christ to die for you. “In His mercy.” These simple words remind us of God’s incredible grace and mercy shown to us. He didn’t send Jesus, because we deserved it. He didn’t send Jesus because we somehow earned it. May the mercy of God, that brings eternal life, sink down deeply in your heart.
Readings: Psalm 8, John 8:48-59
June 23: God’s Mercy - In Your Home
We have all experienced hurt and disappointment in our relationships. However, the pain is often magnified when it involves those closest to us. Instead of the pain being magnified, how can the mercy of God be magnified in our home? May each of us be continually sent back to our family to share mercy in our home.
Reading: Psalm 3, Luke 8:26-39
June 30 : God’s Mercy - In Your Church
It is no surprise that there are people in your church who have offended you, or hurt you. There is no doubt that there are people in your church that live, act, speak, and serve differently than you. They might even think that “your way” is what is so very different. However, if there is any place in the whole world, where the people gathered are invited to share God’s mercy - it is indeed His Church.
Readings: Psalm 16, Luke 9:51-62
July 7: God’s Mercy - In Your Community
In our reading today, we find those who are sent by God out into His “harvest fields.” We are also being sent by God, and often concern ourselves with the things that we take along, like our education, Biblical knowledge, gifts of service... What if we recognized the value of taking God’s mercy into our community?
Readings: Psalm 66:1-7, Luke 10:1-20