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The biblical meaning of mercy is exceedingly rich and complicated, as evidenced by the fact that several Hebrew and Greek words are needed to comprehend the many-sided concept. Consequently, there are many synonyms employed in translation to express the dimensions of meaning involved, such as “kindness,” “lovingkindness,” “goodness,” “grace,” “favor,” “pity,” “compassion,” and “steadfast love.” Prominent in the concept of mercy is the compassionate disposition to forgive an offender or adversary and to help or spare him in his sorry plight.


Mercy is maintaining GRACIOUS attitudes and actions towards others in spite of their UNWORTHINESS

Feeling mercy versus showing mercy
James 2:15–16 NASB95
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

Mercy and Grace are two sides of the same coin of forgiveness.

What does Mercy PRODUCE?

A Self-Giving Faith

Romans 12:1 NASB95
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

A Merciful attitude towards others

Luke 6:36 NASB95
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

A forgiving attitude towards others

James 2:13 NASB95
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

What does Mercy DEMAND?

That the believer perseveres

2 Corinthians 4:1 NASB95
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,

That the believer demonstrates mercy

Luke 6:37 NASB95
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

What does MERCY communicate about the GOSPEL?

If grace is receiving what you are not worthy of, mercy is not receiving what you are worthy of.
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