God shows His compassion by not giving us the punishment we deserve. Instead, He gives us blessings we don’t deserve, forgiving us and transforming us into who we are intended to be. God showed His care for us by sending Jesus to take our punishment and open the Way to Him. He is compassionate, merciful and loving to all who call on His name.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘careful,’ you find yourselves cared for.” Matthew 5:7
Figure out what Scripture means: I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders. God’s mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe. before him. God told Moses, “I’m in charge of mercy. So let’s walk right up to him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time. God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love. Let grace, mercy, and peace be with us in truth and love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the Father! You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.
God uses fallible people to work His will. His mercy is adequate for all of us. When we turn our wills and our lives over to God we can be confident He will use our pain to bring healing. God is willing and able to show mercy to all who call on Him for help.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” Matthew 6:12-15
Forgiveness is an important part of the process. Sometimes we have difficulty letting go of anger and resentment towards those who have hurt us. Asking God for forgiveness is hypocritical unless we are willing to forgive others/ Forgiveness from Him can be forfeited and denied when we deny forgiveness to others.
There is a connection between what we do and what God does. It can be easy to forget what He has done for us as our lives improve. Lamentations 3:21-24 says ‘there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up……………… I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.‘ God’s grace comes in daily doses and we need to ask ourselves “Just for today am I willing to forgive others?” or am I just trying to escape my current situation or circumstances?
Archie Boyle 13th September 2020
REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE RECOVERY You went along with the crowd and were just like all the others, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air, who is at work right now in the hearts of those who are against the Lord. Ephesians 2:2
REMEMBER TO APPRECIATE WHERE YOU ARE NOW We started out bad, being born with evil natures, and were under God’s anger just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much. Ephesians 2:3-4
- We, too, were foolish and disobedient; we were misled by others and became slaves to many evil pleasures and wicked desires. Our lives were full of resentment and envy. We hated others and they hated us. Titus 3:3
GET SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. Colossians 3:1-3
GOD’S GRACE IS AVAILABLE TO HELP US By God’s grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah. Romans 3:24 CJB
HE HASN’T BROUGHT YOU THIS FAR TO DROP YOU I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished.
HE HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE FOR YOU You are set apart for God; and he has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. 1 Corinthians 6:11
EVERYBODY IS INCLUDED This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies and hated him and were separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. Colossians 1:21
Now you belong to Christ Jesus, and though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought very near to him because of what Jesus Christ has done for you with his blood. Ephesians 2:13
2 Corinthians 5:17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
NEW LIFE IS AVAILABLE TO US ALL THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS
AND DAILY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
WHAT GOD CHOOSES, HE CLEANSES – WHAT GOD CLEANSES, HE MOULDS – WHAT GOD MOULDS – HE FILLS WHAT GOD FILLS, HE USES
Through faith in the mercy of God He delivers us from condemnation through Jesus Christ. Through our learning and applying His principles to our lives, He purifies our hearts and helps us to be obedient to His will for our lives. Romans 1:16-17 This extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.” Faith is the beginning and the progress of recovery. It is faith that helps us to keep moving forward and gain victory through the process of recovery.
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. YOURS? #Mercy #Faith #Plan
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Luke 6:31 “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!”
Colossians 3:12-15 Chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.
1 John 3:10-20 Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test. For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other. We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time. The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together. This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
At that point, Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got underway, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market. “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt. “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’ “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king. “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.” Matthew 18:21-35
- Jesus taught His disciples to forgive. Not to hold grudges or seek revenge but to ‘forgive and forget.’
Recovery is about taking responsibility, changing our actions and behaviors and forgiving others as Christ has forgiven us. “shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people.
Have you ever noticed how many people are ready to tell you what is good for you and how you should live?
Often we end up making a mess of our lives, not because we don’t know what is right but because we listen to and follow bad advice. In AA I learned a valuable lesson that has stuck with me all my life. It is ‘Stick with the winners.’ If you want good advice on how to succeed in recovery then speak to and listen to those who are living successfully in recovery.
There are many voices in our lives telling us what to do and what is good for us. It is important to remember in the recovery process God is with us all the time and He is always ready to talk to us, through His Word, through prayer and through the lives of those living victoriously in His name.
If we can learn to appreciate there is goodness in the world in which we live, although there are also dark forces trying to lead us back to our old ways of living we can start in the recovery process to look at life differently. We can start to learn God’s overtures of mercy and grace by putting ourselves in the ranks of seeking to find and do His will in His strength on a daily basis.
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing–didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus. Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof–Public Sinner Number One– of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off–evidence of his endless patience–to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever. 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then He added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13