Unit 4f  Mercy     


The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

We are now going to consider: the principles and precepts that come from the nature and character of God. They constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.  

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   

how to carry out the principle

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    


Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.



We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....


The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.


To God  (personally)


To Others (neighbors)


At Home (family)


In the Local Church  (God's local family)


To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)


Syllabus for Applying the Principle of Mercy  

Record of achievement 

Started   /    /       Goal for finish    /    

Summaries,  Syllabus Questions  &  Self test sent in     /   

Returned with Grade report   /     /  Unit test  sent in   /    /     

Assignment.   Started   /    /    Finished & sent in.   /     /        


1.  Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize.   Send in your summaries and self test when finished as well as any questions you may have.  It will be evaluated and returned with answers to questions and the next unit of the Family of God Bible Outlines on Biblical Christianity. 

We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not our or the worlds.   

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

See what you can learn of God's will. [His heart for you]


The mercy of God is inseparable from God's love and grace together they compose God's heart beat. 

The principle of mercy is often substituted by pity, which usually expresses feeling sorry for a person but omits getting involved and helping.  This is not the case in God's mercy.  So let's look at Godís mercy and see God's heart in it. 

2. Assignment: After completing this study list the ways you see you and your church can demonstrate the mercy of God to those around you.




The PRINCIPLE of Mercy is found in God as one of His attributes.  It is part of His nature and character and is associated with His attributes of love and grace. 

God's mercy is greater than pity it extends to empathy and beyond to involvement and intervention.  

      "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."  Eph.2:4-10  

                   Consider:  Luke 1:77-78;  Titus 3:4-7  

 Note: God's mercy like His love and grace never negates His righteous judgement. Exo. 34:6-9, John 5:22; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 12-13 


The PRECEPT of Mercy is compassion. Compassion is never passive, but enters into the process of helping others in their burdens and problems. It is always directed to those that are open to Him.

"And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.  And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."  Math. 9:9-13  

             Consider: Micah 6:6-8

The RESPONSIBILITY of Mercy is involvement is [empathy =to enter in with view to assist ]

TO GOD to reflect on His mercy in our lives.

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you  gain."  Luke 6:36-38

             Consider: Pro. 3:3, 11:17;  Micah 6:8;  Mat. 5:7                                                                                                                       



      "And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." Luke 10:30-37 

             Consider: Mat. 25:31- 46;  James 2:18- 26.   

(family) Consider the attitude of the heart, and action of the Father as opposed to the brother of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11- 32.

IN THE LOCAL CHURCH and to all in the family of God (extended family).

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden.  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."   Gal. 6:1-10   

   Consider: Rom. 15:1-4; 2 Cor.2:6-8;  Col. 3:12-13


            "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.ĒPsalm 82:3

             Consider Num. 35:11- 29  Cities of refuge for those that had committed involuntary manslaughter.


Self test: on the application of the principle of Mercy 

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to Consider:                                                                    

Q.1  On the principle of mercy. 
To whom does Godís mercy extend, and what limits does He put on it? 

Q.2  On the precept of mercy.  
What is the requirement [price] of compassion?       

Q.3  On the responsibility of mercy.  

        (a) Having received Godís mercy what must we be on guard against so as not to break God's heart?

        (b) Why is it important to show mercy in the home?      What happens when you do not?            

       (c) Why is it important to show mercy in the Church?    What happens when you do not?

        (d) Why is it important to show mercy in government?   What happens when you do not?

       (e) Where do you draw the line on being merciful and why?

Q. 4 In what area of life have you a problem with being merciful?

       What have you learned that can be of help to you with it?

You are now ready to study Applying Unit 4g The Principle of Grace.

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 ď And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith


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