by Dennis Marquardt

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Mercy Me (5 of 8)
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 5:7; 18:21-35

We live in an option oriented society. Just about anything we buy or get has "options" to it.
Buy a car: do you want: a stereo, cassette or CD player, air conditioner, what color, type of interior, electric windows, power locks, power steering, brakes etc.
Buy a phone & service: do you want pulse or tone, storage or regular, speaker phone, conference calling; caller ID, call forwarding, type of long distance service, etc.
TV, what to watch: Westerns, sci-fi, drama, mystery, history channel, business, animals, movie channel, headlines, etc.
Eating out: You have lots of menu choices, and with each there are additional choices.
Shopping: Do you want plastic or paper; debit or credit card; check or cash, loan or lay away, refunds or return, etc.

We have become so accustomed to "OPTIONS" in our world that there is a danger for Christians to look at Christian duties this way too, or Christian principles.

i.e. Witnessing, Tithing, Praying, Devotions, Serving, and great character issues too like: Loving, Encouraging, Correcting, and FORGIVING.

TRANS. SENTENCE: Mercy is the act of forgiving. It is not giving someone what they deserve, but of giving them forgiveness! It is in this context that Jesus states, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Granting mercy or forgiveness to others is NOT an "OPTION" for believers; it is a call to duty!

PROP. SENT: The Bible will teach us that we have received God's mercy by the forgiving of our sins, and that those who are forgiven are to be forgivers.


A. Conditional? 18:21

1. Notice that the start of this chapter in Matthew begins with the question: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?" (18:1) No doubt Peter was looking for Jesus to pat him on the back for his willingness to forgive a brother up to 7 times for a sin. Surely Peter ...

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