Two Things We All Struggle With by Fred Lowery

TWO THINGS WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH
Matt 5:7-8
2/19/93
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HAVE YOU EVER
Made a quick, hasty judgement?
Reacted with harsh criticism?
Made plans to get even with someone?
Ignored a need?

HAVE YOU NOTICED
A difference between your walk and your talk
Belief & Behavior
A difference between what you say or your priorities and How you really spend your time, talents & treasures

TWO THINGS WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH
1.Consistency
2.Commitment

How many want to exit now?
ATTITUDES THAT OUGHT TO BE
Each identifies a servant's heart
Each opens the door to inner happiness
Each has a corresponding promise

ATTITUDES
Toward ourselves

Toward our sin

Toward our Savior

Toward our world

MATT. 5:7-8

Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God.

Most Familiar:
"Mercy sakes"
"Lord, Have mercy"
"Lord; mercy"
Principle:
We, the recipients of mercy, should show mercy to others.

Pivotal Word:Over 150 times in O.T.
Gold showed mercy on: Lot, Moses, Joseph, David

Describes God's kindness & steadfast love for His people

Describes God's Covenant Love for His chosen people Israel
Exodus
Return from Exile

In the N.T. = Sympathy, Comfort
Ability to suffer along with another sensitivity, allows you to get in their skin.

Feel what they feel
Deeper than Sympathy

Radical word in Jesus Day
Jews taught to show no mercy to the Gentiles.


Greeks despised other races - viewed them as senseless barbarians and held 2/3 of the population in slavery.
Principle:
There is always a reason why a person thinks and acts the way he does and if we knew that reason

It would be much easier to understand and sympathize.

Source of Mercy is God
Only for those moving through the first four - More we give, more we have

What its not
1.Giving worn out clothes to Goodwill
2.Personality trait
3.Wimpy, pushover, softie
4.Naive, gullible
5.Tokenism - Me ...


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