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This Is Love - Part 2

The Mercy Of God

Psalm 103:3–4 NLT
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
Confession of Faith
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God! The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!
The simplest but, perhaps most profound definition of God’s mercy and grace is this: grace is God’s giving us what we do not deserve, and mercy is God’s not giving us what we do deserve.
God’s Mercy
Before we can fully appreciate God’s mercy, we first have to understand how serious our sin is in God’s eyes
1 Timothy 1:15–17 NLT
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
When we realize the greatness and the extent of God’s mercy and when we clearly see God’s mercy, we will praise Him with everything that is within us
Psalm 103:1–2 NLT
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
David began with an eruption of praise to the Lord. To bless the Lord is to praise and express love and gratitude for all that God is and all that He does.
Yahweh or Jehovah is God’s personal name.
It reveals His heart and what He is like.
Exodus 6:2–8 NLT
2 And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty’—but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. 4 And I reaffirmed my covenant with them. Under its terms, I promised to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living as foreigners. 5 You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel, who are now slaves to the Egyptians. And I am well aware of my covenant with them. 6 “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. 7 I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. 8 I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’ ”
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David Says
Psalm 103:3–5 NLT
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Psalm 107:9 NLT
9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
John 6:35 NKJV
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
This is why - I cannot let my current circumstances as difficult as they are hinder my praise!
On my worst day - I know I am Loved, I am Forgiven, and I Am Redeemed
The challenges of life are merely temporary, but the benefits of God’s goodness and mercy are eternal
2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
When we do, like David, we will overflow with praise to the Lord.
Bless God!
2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
Ephesians 1:3 NLT
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
1 Peter 1:3 NLT
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,
Psalm 34:1 NKJV
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 145:1 NLT
1 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.
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Everything that we are and have is because of God’s mercy and grace toward us
1 Corinthians 15:10 NCV
10 But God’s grace has made me what I am, and his grace to me was not wasted. I worked harder than all the other apostles. (But it was not I really; it was God’s grace that was with me.)
His love for us is beyond our comprehension
Ephesians 3:17–19 NLT
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
God understands our weaknesses. Jesus became one of us in order to identify with us as frail human beings.
Because Christ lived facing the trials and temptations of life, He is able to help us when we are tempted and tried
Hebrews 2:16–18 NLT
16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Hebrews 4:15–16 NLT
15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
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