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Receiving and Speaking His Mercy

December 14, 2011 todd tomasella Body of ChristMerciful Saviortodd tomasella

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“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

Jesus never called the woman taken in adultery (John 8 ) or the woman who had had 5 husbands and was now living with another man, a whore (John 4). What does this say for the hate-mongering, arrogant, pharisaical, need-to-get-saved street preachers so prevalent today who openly call scantily clad women whores instead of winning them as Jesus did?

To the pharisees of His day, Christ said:

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

Do YOU qualified to cast a stone?

To the woman freshly taken from an adulterous, sinful activity and to all who are sincerely repentant today, Jesus says:

“Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

Notice that FIRST came forgiveness/salvation, then came the command to live holy – “Go, and sin no more.”

So you have found out that a brother or sister sinned? Okay, so what if we find out what sins you committed? ….. “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

We have ALL been spiritual whores or committed spiritual adultery having alienated the affections of our hearts away from our LORD and “first love” (Rev. 2:4-5) … “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exod. 20:3) …. At once we should drop the stones of condemnation, realizing our own great and PRESENT need for the mercy of God, and reach out to restore others. The LORD will then be able to use us but not before. In fact, we are heaping condemnation upon our own heads if we issue forth “judgment without mercy.” (James 2:13)

The LORD is not impressed with our missionary work, street preaching, choir singing, pulpit expository, or any other vain work done without being consumed in His love. Read 1 Corinthians 13 today friends.

Memorize this:

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20

Yes, all who die in sin – including fornication or adultery of any kind (even in the heart) – will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8, 27). God will judge them and using God’s Word and love, they must be warned by His body….. “The Spirit and the bride say Come.” (Rev. 22:17)

An important biblical component for me to forgive others and speak and communicate with love and mercy to them is my own deep, infinite, utter, and present need for the grace and mercy of God. God surely will redeem, forgive, restore, and show His blessed mercy to all who fear and obey Him in repentance (returning) to Him …. Psalms 103:2-3, 11 says “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases … For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward THEM THAT FEAR HIM.” Did you catch the condition for receiving the divine benefit of forgiveness, healing, and mercy? – “them that fear him.” (v11)

If you need mercy – and you certainly do – God requires that you show it to others in order to initially receive and to continue to receive it from Him.

It is a very important thing and exercise to get it out in the open that you have no righteousness at all outside of that which you are clothed with by Jesus Christ (Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Philippians 3:9, etc.). Praying Titus 3:5-6 aloud every morning diminished and obliterate self-righteousness by continually establishing just why you are saved today – “according to his mercy.”

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Titus 3:5-6

Below is the testimony of a forgiven, transformed minister of God’s truth:

“I have learned that it is the goodness and kindness of God that leads many to repentance. I was once a man who “preached AT” people with very little true love for their souls. God allowed me to be broken and i was knocked off my “high horse”. Now my views on street preaching remain the same, (it is necessary) but now instead of “preaching AT” people, I try to preach “TO” them knowing that they are in need of a savior. i feel more compelled to “plead” with people instead of just “yelling” at them. The message remains powerful and is not watered down, but the power available when “Love” is the motivation is greater.” Kevin Woltkamp

The LORD will allow us – if we are full of self-righteousness and arrogant pride – to fall and He will reveal to us our own infinite need for His ongoing, present mercy and bring us to truly be “poor in spirit” so that we will see His eternal kingdom and help others in the same (Matt. 5:3).

Some among us have “forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26

Let’s let God speak for Himself by simply preaching HIS Words and ceasing to speak our own words and condemnations. The unchanging LORD instructed His servant Ezekiel to “speak with MY words unto them.” (Ezek. 3:4)

All men have sinned and are already condemned of the LORD who is “Holy, holy, holy,” and yet, He came to this earth for the express and divine purpose of rescuing them – not condemning them. If they refuse to repent and receive Christ, they will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). As those whom the Great Physician has healed, we must with grateful and contrite hearts reach out by inviting others to repent and be saved …  “The Spirit and the bride say Come.” (Rev. 22:17)

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