18 Jul 2010

Mercy of God’s love

On 18 July at the meeting of the church “Philadelphia” there was a holy communion. Before this very important and joyful event there were two sermons that helped to prepare the hearts for the communion.

Aleksej Korepanov, pastor of the Industrialnyj city area, reminded about an amazing meeting of Jesus and His disciples, described in Matthew 26: “When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?" We have the communion in a different setting but while taking bread and wine let’s think in our hearts: “Surely not I, Lord? I know that I’m wrong and I want to get your mercy by this bread of blessing and wine”. We have the right to be happy, but not the right to sin. Having the communion we have a wonderful opportunity to be in front of God, having repented and waiting for His mercy. The great mercy was shown in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. God teaches us to be merciful to one another. Having the communion we should look at our heart, forgiving people. It’s impossible to serve unbelievers and lead them to Christ, being unable to give mercy to people.

The special prayer in the church was dedicated to a tragic event in the life of the Russian church. On 15 July the bishop of the Dagestan republic Artur Sulejmanov was shot. The church “Philadelphia” prayed about the family of the late minister and strengthening of the church in this republic.

Yuri Baburin suggested thinking about mercy. Everybody from the early childhood has natural love. When the Holy Spirit comes to our heart, this natural feeling turns into supernatural unselfish love. Such love, calling to the way of good, is called mercy and can answer with good to any evil act. Mercy opens our hearts to compassion for those who are sometimes evil and violent. A wonderful example of such love is mother Teresa. This elderly nun who spent a lot of time in the poorest areas of Calcutta, helping the sick and lost to feel joy of merciful God’s love. God can forgive everybody through faith in Jesus Christ, and we should bring this mercy to the world.


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