The Miracle of Mercy – Part 5 “Showing Mercy To Your Family”

“SHOWING MERCY TO YOUR FAMILY”

[The Miracle of Mercy – Part 5]

INTRO: Why is it sometimes harder to show mercy to our own family than others (Ps. 101:2 TLB)? Mercy is a choice not an emotion! Mercy is love in action! What is true about love will also typically be true about mercy (1Cor. 13:4-8a).

4 WAYS TO SHOW MERCY TO YOUR FAMILY:

I. BY OVERLOOKING IRRITATIONS & OFFENSES (v. 5).

  1. You’ll notice, but don’t make a big deal out of it.
  2. Sometimes the best response is to ignore it.
  3. Love is not provoked (easily angered) (v. 5).
  4. Are you part of the solution or adding to the problem?
  5. Not venting or stuffing, but releasing.
  6. Love covers rather than exposes (Prov. 17:9; 19:11).
  7. What’s best for the other person (1Thess. 5:15)?

II. BY BEING KIND WHEN THEY DON’T DESERVE IT BUT NEED IT. Love suffers long and is kind; … (1Cor. 13:4)

  1. Are there any VDPs in your family (Very Draining People)?
    1. What’s their story?
    2. Identify with their story.
    3. Give people what they need, not what they deserve (Rom. 12:21; Prov. 19:22a)!
  2. God allows difficult people in our life to further refine us.

III. BY LETTING GO OF PAST HURTS (v. 5).

  1. Do you ever “gunnysack” or get “historical”?
  2. Do you repeat it or delete it?
    1. Don’t keep rehearsing it in your mind.
    2. Don’t keep rehearsing it with the person.
    3. Don’t rehearse it with someone else (gossip). Gossip – rehearsing it with someone who is neither a part of the problem nor a part of the solution.

III. BY BELIEVING GOD IS WORKING IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS (v. 7; Phil. 1:6).

CONCLUSION: How merciful have you been with your family? Do or say something kind TODAY!

Whatever challenges you face in your family life, throw yourself on the mercy of God (Heb. 4:16)!