I am continuing this morning with this series on some of the strong statements that our Lord made. I truly believe that these statements can change your life. The next statement is:
“Go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’” (Matthew 9:13)
If there was ever a spiritual gift that is under exercised in the modern North American Church, I would have to say it is the spiritual gift of mercy. I know what many of you may be saying right now as you are reading this…Mercy is just not my spiritual gift. Can I offer some commentary on this spiritual gift known as mercy. I believe the gift of mercy is a very special gift. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:24 “But desire the greater gifts…and I will show you an even better way.” He then goes on to teach us about Love in 1 Corinthians 13. The point here is that Love…is the superior way. In order for us to show genuine love…we have to possess mercy. We need mercy…God in His greatest capacity as creator of the universe chose to offer us hope and extend His mercy by sending us Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice. Because of God’s mercy…we can experience life. Think about the fruits of the spirit for a moment. (Galatians 5:22-23) Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self control. As Believers we are to possess some of all of the fruits of the Spirit. If Christ is in us, we will possess these fruits. What totally amazes me, is that everyone of the Fruits of the spirit require some form of mercy.
Jesus in making this statement in Matthew 9:13, is taking us back to the old testament. (Hosea 6:6). He does not need the material things that we have. He wants our lives and loyalty. He wants us to truly know Him more. He wants us to become living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). In truly understanding this strong statement…there is no way that our lives can be lived without mercy. What does the lost world need? They need God’s mercy. If we are to be mirror reflections of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1) we will show mercy…God’s desire for us to kindness and compassion. So as Matthew 9:13 instructs…learn what it means and show mercy to everyone. The rest of the verse says “For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” I love you all<><