A Sermon on Mercy

  • By Dr. Don Martin
  • Senior Pastor
  • January 16, 2015
I hate to get a speeding ticket. It hurts my pride and my wallet when the blue lights flash in my rear view mirror. I was cruising up the interstate the other day and along came the blue lights. My blood pressure shot up thirty points and then fell twice that number when he went speeding by at break neck speed. It reminded me of the time I was pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol as I was driving from Augusta to Lincolnton. I was doing 80 mph in a 60 mph zone and was guilty as sin. "What's your hurry, Sir?" the officer asked me. "Officer, I'm embarrassed to tell you, but I'm a Methodist preacher running late to a Revival meeting in Lincolnton." said I.  "What church?" said he. "Bethany Methodist Church", said I. "It's your lucky day, Rev.", said he. "I'm a member of that church and will be attending the service.  I expect to hear a sermon on mercy." He did. I opened the Bible to Micah 6:6-8 and read the words "...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Mercy is what we all want when we are caught in the web of our own selfish weaving. We want to be let off the hook. We want the officer to give us a warning rather than a fine. The Bible declares that God is full of mercy and that He longs to forgive us our sinful ways. He wants us back home in His everlasting arms.  He wants us to repent and start down the path of obedient trust. Christ was full of mercy. He forgave the woman caught in an adulterous moment.  He forgave Simon Peter his moment of cowardly denial. He forgave the soldiers who nailed him to the cross and prayed for God's mercy to be extended to the whole hateful world. You and I are forgiven sinners. Benefactors and recipients of Christ's mercy. In return, the good Lord asks that we show mercy to one another and the prophet Micah encourages us to love doing it. I thank God for that State Patrol Officer who sat on the back pew in uniform that evening grinning like a possum. I broke the law, but he showed mercy. I thank God even more for our Lord Jesus. We broke the law and broke God's heart.  Christ is full of mercy.