And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
Showing mercy is what we do at our church and at every church. You may not be at the church building on a daily, but we do this every Sunday and every opportunity we have. The past several weeks have been full of these times where mercy is in great need. No, we can't help everyone, but we are making a difference in many, many lives, and that is awesome.
We show mercy in lots of ways: listening, meeting needs, praying, showing concern, connecting people with other help, and much more. It is incredible to make people the priority.
Literally when we help people, by showing mercy, we are snatching people from the flames of judgment and of hell. Two people accepted Jesus this week, and that is what it is all about. By showing mercy we are extending the hands and Jesus to serve others. We are demonstrating the love of God to our community and far beyond.
That is my commitment and the commitment I will continue to lead our church to embrace. This IS God's call and vision for the church and my life. I get a little passionate about this. But you know that.
NOTE: this post was first shared in November of 2012.