Justice. Mercy. Humility. 2
To love mercy is to extend kindness and compassion whether they deserve it or not, because Jesus did for us.
Growing up we learn that mercy is the ceasing of pain.
You get a little older and mercy is getting a second chance.
Into adulthood mercy might look like pushing the consequences.
It’s easy to grant mercy to those who can bless us.
So what does it mean to LOVE mercy?
The word Micah uses for “mercy” here is hesed. Best summed up – “loving kindness”.
This is often aligned with the Greek word, agape, which is an unconditional love. The best English translation is probably “faithfulness” or “commitment.”
The word hesed is used most often for two relational situations:
1) For those we don’t know. 2) For those we do know.
God will allow His people to feel the full weight of His justice and their consequences. But when they would cry “uncle” God would step in with mercy. Kind, faithful, and compassionate.
This is who God is… and this is who he asks us to be.
This idea of “I want mercy for you” “I celebrate when you get mercy” and “I love to give mercy to others.” But how can we do that when the one who needs it most seemingly deserves it the least?
We act justly, so we can show mercy.
Mercy is not commending. He acknowledges what was wrong. He calls it out. Then he offers mercy.
Mercy is not forgetting.
Mercy is not just for their sake. It can be exhausting to always be reminding yourself who you are mad at and why. Letting that burden go can be life giving to you as well.
Mercy is more like a medical term. “Let me offer healing for what it is you have done.”
To love mercy is to extend kindness and compassion whether they deserve it or not, because Jesus did so for us.
Q1: In the past have you looked at Mercy primarily as stopping pain, getting a second chance, or delaying consequences?
Q2: Micah says to love mercy is to extend kindness and compassion whether they deserve it or not, how do you feel about that?
Q3: Do you find it more difficult to extend mercy to those you don’t know or those you do know or to yourself?
Q4: Mercy is not approving or forgetting, it is acknowledging, addressing, and offering healing. Why can it be so hard to start this process and acknowledge a wrong doing and then talk about it and move past it?
Q5: How does extending mercy to someone else help you?
• If there is anyone you’re close to that you are carrying resentment toward, try your best to show mercy or even begin working through the forgiveness process.
• Perhaps there is someone that you have personally wronged and you know it. Go to that person this week and ask for mercy from them while admitting your fault.
Next at YX
Here is something coming up to talk about in group and invite your students:
Seniors: Senior Sessions, this upcoming Tuesday will be our last session. We will be talking practical “adulting”.
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