The Merciful

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5:7, Matthew 5:21:26 and Matthew 18:21-35

“Blessed are the merciful,” says Jesus, “for they shall receive mercy.”

The Greek word for mercy is ELEOS, and it has a double meaning. On the one hand it means kindness .When I was a pastor in Nashville the church’s elderly nursery worker began having dementia and couldn’t work in the nursery or even look after herself any longer. She was so confused she couldn’t shop or cook or drive. She began wandering out of her apartment and getting lost. She had no family except the church. I tried in vain to get her admitted to a nursing home where she could be properly cared for, but none would take her without a doctor’s order. And I couldn’t find a doctor who wasn’t already booked up with appointments for weeks or months in advance. What would happen to her in the meantime? ...Read full sermon here (PDF)