North Anderson Baptist Church
The Heart of God
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
The heart of God... is full of mercy. Throughout all the scriptures we see God being merciful to those who have sinned against Him. We can see the mercy of God as He drives out Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. If they were allowed to stay there they would have eventually eaten of the tree of life which would mean that they would never die and then live forever as sinners.
God’s cares about us and desires that we find that cleansing and forgiveness through His mercy. We are more like God when we extend to others His mercy.

To the world which He created, He showed mercy by displaying forgiveness for our sins through the giving of His only Son who died that you and I might be free from that sin. His willingness to pardon our sin and replace the dead men we are with the life of Christ, is the miracle we all need.
Jesus said we all need to be born again, shown the mercy of God, and the only way that is possible is through the death of our old man of sin, and the rebirth of a new man, full of Christ. Everyday we live with Him we are extended that mercy to live with the undeserved blessings of God. Note this, all the blessings of God are the proof of His mercy.

In this passage in the translation used, we see this phrase, “for they will be shown mercy.” Let’s make one thing clear here; mercy from God is free because of the grace of God and my salvation is never of works.
We are to show mercy to others because God has extended mercy to us. We respond to all God has done for us by being like Jesus; showing mercy to others is that proof that we are like Him. God gives you and me opportunities to show mercy to individuals in the world in which we live. How are you responding to all the opportunities that come your way? You say, “I never see those ‘opportunities’ that you are talking about.” Many times our problem is that our eyes are shut to the troubles of this world right around us and therefore we can’t see. Ask God to open your eyes to those He desires for you to show mercy and be faithful to follow through with an “act of mercy” toward them. In this we become more like Him.

We are a special people to the Lord. He puts it this way in 1 Peter 2:9-10,
One of the things God desires us to do because of that mercy, is to declare His praises to a lost and dying world!!

When God has opened those eyes that have been shut we can see clearly and we can respond when mercy is necessary. An opportunity may come your way such as in the event of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:27-37. When Jesus was through telling the story of this merciful man, He asked a question and then received an answer only to give a directive to the one whom He was talking to.
My dear friends we are to go and do “likewise.” What would that be? Show mercy like the Samaritan.
Do you think Jesus was out of step with the times in which He lived? These were revolutionary thoughts. The accepted standards of the day were to let people suffer, they probably deserved it anyway. Why should I poke my head into someone else’s business? The Romans who had occupied the land of Israel despised the idea of pity. The Pharisees were outright self-righteous and they showed little mercy.
Jesus was different! He not only showed mercy but to all who followed Him He called for them to practice mercy to all.
I love the lines from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.

A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.
"But I don't ask for justice," the mother explained. "I plead for mercy."
"But your son does not deserve mercy," Napoleon replied.
"Sir," the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for."
"Well, then," the emperor said, "I will have mercy." And he spared the woman's son. Luis Palau, Experiencing God's Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984.
Mahatma Gandhi says that “True beauty consists in purity of heart.”

The definition of purity is: freedom from adulteration or contamination. Like in "the purity of our drinking water"

Freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature.

Virtue, morality, goodness, righteousness, saintliness, piety, honor, honesty, integrity, decency, ethicality, impeccability;

Blessed are the pure in heart. That is, “whose minds, motives, and principles are pure. Who seek not only to have the external actions correct, but who desire to be holy in heart, and who are so. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart.” Barnes' Notes on the New Testament
Remember we have said that the teachings of Jesus were opposite of what the Pharisees taught but particularly how they lived. The Pharisees, desired others to see their outward purity, while their hearts were full of corruption and defilement. “A principal part of the Jewish religion consisted in outward washings and cleansings: on this ground they expected to see God, to enjoy eternal glory: but Christ here shows that a purification of the heart, from all vile affections and desires, is essentially requisite in order to enter into the kingdom of God. He whose soul is not delivered from all sin, through the blood of the covenant, can have no Scriptural hope of ever being with God.” Adam Clarke's Commentary
Remember Jesus’ teaching on the heart of man? No honest man can say that his heart is pure. How can the heart of man, which is desperately wicked, be made clean?
It is by the washing of regeneration that we are made clean. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from all sin.
What does all this mean? Let’s use the following illustration to help clarify this subject for us.
After a violent storm one night, a large tree, which over the years had become a stately giant, was found lying across the pathway in a park. Nothing but a splintered stump was left. Closer examination showed that is was rotten at the core because thousands of tiny insects had eaten away at its heart. The weakness of that tree was not brought on by the sudden storm; it began the very moment the first insect nested within its bark. With the Holy Spirit's help, let's be very careful to guard our purity. Our Daily Bread
You and I might look really good on the outside, good enough that everyone around would say, “He/she surely will be one that will go to heaven when they die.” But they can’t see the devastation of the insects (of immorality, wickedness, evil intent, vile sin, unbelief, faithlessness, rebellion, lies and pride of life) which abide in the heart and is tearing down the life from the inside out, a little at a time. People may never know what is on the inside and even when a funeral is preached, the truth may not come out BUT God knows the heart and will reward accordingly. Don’t deceive yourself, God will not be mocked, He knows the truth about you. Get right with Him now and don’t go another day without falling on your knees in confession of sin that has polluted your life.
There is a commercial on TV these days that show a group of people in a business that is set up to give out water samples. The idea is that they would try a sip of water from different places in the US and the people behind the counter are saying, “This water is from ______ and it only has .05% of the legal amount of lead in the water.” The people about to drink the water can’t believe that they are asked to drink water with lead, even if it is within the legal limit of the amount allowed.

Lesson: Any lead is bad and the water is not pure, it therefore is polluted.

Lesson: We need to rid our lives from anything that pollutes our lives and keeps us from having a “pure heart” before God.

Seeing and being with God is our goal. One of the things that purity of heart does for the believer is that you begin to see the works of God in a different way. You can expect to see God working in all situations and His hand of mercy in people’s lives. Those whose hearts are not pure will not see God or the affects of His grace and mercy in this world.
Remember cleansing come by the Word and the blood!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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