Bobby's Thursday Blog

Show Mercy

Hello, my name is Bobby Duncan. I am an avid (addicted) Kentucky basketball fan. I want my team to win decisively, always. When the game is so lopsided the outcome is a given, coach Calipari may pull out all the starters, showing mercy. It’s called good sportsmanship.

In our divisive world today everyone seems to have forgotten the “mercy rule.” We just keep piling on each other. This weekend at Journey in part two of our mini-series, Do justice Love mercy Walk humbly, we explore this life principle: Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The secular worldview depends on humans successfully improving humanity. From my view, we desperately need to refresh the “mercy rule” for everyone. By contrast, Christianity uniquely claims that humans cannot repair or fix our human nature. This is why Jesus came to help us overcome our selfish, sinful desires (Romans 8:1-4).

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis describes our first sin as “the turning from God to

self” (Genesis 3:5). This is the temptation for us all. Self surrender and living for God and for others is no easy thing. Living for God rather than self is an impossible thing, unless God comes and lives inside each of us (Romans 7:18-25).

Only a Jesus transformation of our thoughts and actions will produce the needed change; viewing all people as our brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Nobody gets it right all the time. We’re not Jesus. Jesus came to help us be more.

Join us this weekend at Journey in one of our two times, Journey Sat@6pm/Sun@10:30am. Or, if unable to join us in person, try our Sunday FB livestream. We are better together.

Easter is just a few weeks away. This would be a great time to say hello to people you’ve thought about often. Invite a guest to join us. Tell them Journey is the kind of place where people love to give away MERCY! If you want to read ahead a bit, check out the verse Micah 6:8.

Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly.

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