Glory, honour, power and majesty be unto God our Lord! How Excellent is Your Name O Lord!; Our Father, our Father Who art in heaven, Amen, Hallow be Thy Name;, Father, we lift Your Name Higher;, Jesus, You are the Most High God.
Gracious God, we thank You, again for Whom You are. We grateful to be in Your presence, thank You for the miracle of sleeping and waking up this morning to the glory of Your Name. Thank You Jesus.
Beloved, how are doing? Hope great. Glory be to God in the Highest. I hope the messages we are sending across is worthwhile? Some too hard for the flesh to accept and bring to performance. I pray for you this day, the grace to live like Jesus be granted unto you this day in Jesus Name.
Before us today, a demand is placed upon us “Be merciful”. On a closer observation, how merciful are you? Can anyone testify about you? Last week we considered a “Blameless”, we played up Holiness the chief ingredient in that school of thought, we must shun bitterness so as to be what God wants us to be. Again on Friday, we considered “Good compliment” and we asked, how well are you faring there?
Beloved, being born again is not only in carry bible and quoting scriptures, is more of living out what the bible is saying or instructing you to do. That is why we bring forth messages like this to enable us have deeper understanding of how we can please God.
I know you are familiar with our study text on this topic except few who are just coming across it now. How his master forgave him of all his debt and set him free. But when he met his fellow servant who was owing little compare to the amount forgiven him demanded of him to pay to last penny and even thrown him into the prison. What was the master’s reaction when he heard about it? I believe you know the rest of the story.
Oftentimes, that depicts us. We allow the spirit of unforgiveness, backbiting, jealousness, envy, highhandedness to overtake us. We refuse to forgive a little wrong done to us. Some of us have dairies to record all the wrongs done to us with date.
Child of God is that the memorial God instructed the children of Israel to keep?
Let us examine our life today and see how far we can lighten our heavy burdens of unforgiveness, merciless and bitterness. God will help you as take that decision today in Jesus Name.
May we be merciful as Christ was. I have discovered that all these virtues are gotten cheap at salvation. When the Spirit of God having saved you from your sinful nature, sanctify your mortal bodies to live above your natural self. You now have dominion over your flesh. To subject it to the will of God which expect you to be holy, loving, kind, peaceful. Put together in Gal 5:22 as “the fruit of the Spirit”.
I want to you to read and examine yourself on how many of these fruit you are sure to say “I have or possess”.
Let see what our topic of today hold for us, come along as we read:
“‘Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’”—Matthew 18:33
Mercy is a gift. It is undeserved. Punishment and consequences are sin’s just reward, but the merciful person does not demand justice for the guilty person. If it were not for God’s mercy, we all would have faced His terrible judgment long ago. If not for His mercy, He would have condemned us after our first offense. If not for His mercy, He would punish us each time we sin. But rather than letting us bear the full punishment for our sin, God demonstrated His mercy when He paid the penalty for our sin Himself.
Do you find it hard to show mercy? It may be that you do not comprehend the mercy that God has shown to you. Jesus commanded His disciples to extend the same mercy to others that they had received from God. When they considered the incredible, undeserved mercy they had been granted, how could they refuse to extend the same unconditional mercy to others?
Could anyone sin against us to the same degree that we have sinned against God? Could any offense committed against us be as undeserved as the abuse hurled against the sinless Son of God? How quickly we forget the mercy that God graciously bestowed on us, only to focus on the injustices we endure from others!
If you find it difficult to forgive others, you may need to meditate on the mercy of God that prevents you from experiencing God’s justifiable wrath. Scripture describes God as “Ready to pardon, / Gracious and merciful, / Slow to anger, / Abundant in lovingkindness” (Neh. 9:17b).
My take here is that no one sin against me is as much as my sin against God, therefore I have no option other than to forgive and as God to help me to let go. And I am sure you are thinking in that direction.
Someone is saying until that individual say am sorry, I will not forgive. I tell you to think again. Hear what the said concerning that. While we are yet sinners, God sent His Son to die for us. What about that dearly beloved. The truth is that we cannot prove any fact beyond the wisdom of God. Let us learn to be merciful, like I use to say make a deliberate effort to be forgive and be merciful and gradually you are taking up the nature of Christ. Alleluia! Somebody.
Beloved, the Name of Jesus is a trustworthy Name. When the poor among them is being mentioned in our today society, some people tend towards those that are not financially able but is that what the bible meant when it was said? What did Jesus said in Matt 5:3? The poor according to God Word will always have a place in the heart of God, Why? Someone wants to know. Come with me as we consider the following scriptures. In Ps 9:12 … He is not without thought for the cry of the poor. Again in Ps 72:12- He will rescue the poor when he cry to Him; He will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
Again I asked are you poor in the spirit? Are trusting in the Name of the Lord? This is the only thing that draws the Hand of God in answering any prayer. “Trusting”. Jesus asked do you believe am able to do this? (Matt 9:28). What was the blind man reply? That is how God wants to deal with us. Everything is possible in His Name. There is no impossibility with God (Mk 10:27). Let dig forward in this “Trustworthy Name”.
“I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.” Zeph. 3:12
When true religion is ready to die out among the wealthy it finds a home among the poor of this world, rich in faith. The Lord has even now his faithful remnant. Am I one of them?
Perhaps it is because men are afflicted and poor that they learn to trust in the name of the Lord. He that hath no money must try what he can do on trust. He whose own name is good for nothing in his own esteem, acts wisely to rest in another name, even that best of names, the name of Jehovah.
God will always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people. Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is the channel of untold blessings to it. Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust.
Again the question comes home to each one of us, Am I one of them? Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me? Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgment? Do I trust in the Lord?
That is the main business. Jesus reveals the name, the character, the person of God; am I trusting in Him? If so, I am left in this world for a purpose. Lord, help me to fulfill it.
Beloved, the Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into and are secured. This is good enough to go to the bank and made some cash. At the Name of Jesus, demons flee, they bow and quake at the mention of His Name.
Arm yourself with His Name and see demon surrendering to you even as it was in the time past (Lk 10:17). Bestir yourself in the Lord, I tell you for the Lord will empower even as He did in the time past and is still doing in our time. Glory be to God.
Remain blessed in the Lord.