Mercy

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Because God has shown mercy to us, we are to show mercy to others. Nowhere is the essence of mercy unveiled for us more clearly than in Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan. The victim in that story was miserable. He had been beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Read Luke 10:30-37 to see mercy in action.

1. Name the people who saw the man who was hurt by the thieves. 
 
 
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2. What was different about the Samaritan? 
 

3. Mercy does not stop with sympathy for a person in their bad situation. It acts to relieve the misery. List the things which the Samaritan did to help the victim.
 
 
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4. The Samaritan’s compassionate feelings led him to a practical demonstration of kindness, concrete actions, and mercy. Because God is full of mercy, He also acts to relieve our distress. Psalm 136 is a good place to see some of the merciful things He has done.

What is the one phrase that is repeated over and over in this beautiful psalm?

 

5. God remembered the Israelites in their low estate, in their miserable and humiliating condition. What are just a few of the things He did to relieve their suffering?
 
 
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6. The sins that make us guilty actually cause us most of our misery. God must deal with our sin problem before He can relieve our distress. That is why we find both His grace and His mercy involved in providing our salvation.

According to Ephesians 2:4-5, God is rich in ,
  and because of his ,
  even when we were dead in ,
  He was willing to .

7. In Romans 9:23, we learn that we are vessels of
  , containers into which God has poured His mercy.
  And now that God has saved us, He continues to extend to us His mercy. Jeremiah said His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
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