AMPLIFY: God’s Mercy

Lesson 16: Mercy Through Us

 

Lesson 16, Devotion 1

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” – Matthew 5:7

 

Could you describe what it looks like to be a football player? Could you say what’s expected of one?

 

What about a dancer? Or a cheerleader?

 

You could probably do a pretty accurate job of describing what it looks like for someone to be an accomplished musician.

 

So what about a Christ-follower? Could you describe what it looks like to be a Christian? You probably could, couldn't you? But would the characteristic, "merciful," be in your description?

 

Jesus expects His followers to be people who show mercy to others. It’s in our DNA. He doesn’t want us to keep the goodness and kindness we’ve received from Him a secret. We must take the grace and mercy God has shown us and in turn show it to the world.

 

Where are you on the “merciful scale”? Have you been showing mercy to others? Why or why not? What will it take for you to be more merciful? Spend some time in prayer today asking God to reveal to you ways you can be more merciful to others.

 

 

Lesson 16, Devotion 2

Take a second and read this quote:

 

“So Christ is not the channel merely through which all God’s mercies descend to us, and by which all our prayers ascend to Him—He is the supply itself.” - Evan Henry Hopkins

 

God’s mercies to us flow through Jesus. If we’re apart from Christ, we are missing out on the full measure of God’s mercies.

 

Think about this:

  • Who in your life needs to have a saving relationship with Jesus?

  • Are you far from Christ right now? What do you need to do in your heart to draw closer to Him?

  • Have you thanked God for His mercy to you each day?

 

 

Lesson 16, Devotion 3

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we receive from God." – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

Read these verses and reflect on them for a moment or two.

 

What do they say to you about why God blesses us like He does? Take a minute and record your thoughts in a journal or a note-taking app.

 

Now, think about this:

  • If you have experienced God’s comfort, what does Paul say you’re supposed to do in return?

  • If we don’t show love and mercy to others, what does that say about our attitude toward what God has done for us?

 

Spend some time in prayer with God today asking Him to give you the strength to be a person of mercy, showing love and kindness to people in your life, especially those who don’t deserve it.