Explorations and Discussions: Guts of Mercy
Read Philippians 2:1
What are "bowels
Bowels are your guts. Read Acts 1:18
So what are "guts
Mercy is something that animals do not have. God has mercy and
people can have mercy, but animals cannot.
Read Mark 9:17 - 24.
The father asked
Jesus to have compassion on him and his son. This is the same as
having "guts of mercy."
Read Mark 9:25 - 29.
Jesus did have
"guts of mercy" and healed the boy. And why couldn't the disciples
heal him? Read verse 34:
Because they had been fighting among themselves as to who was going to
be vice-president in Jesus' new government when He declared Himself
Read Philippians 2:2 - 3.
You can't be full
of compassion and be fighting at the same time. The spirit of
fighting is the opposite of "guts of mercy."
Read Philippians 2:4 -15.
From "guts of
mercy" comes compassion. If you are compassionate you won't be
griping and fighting. You won't be arguing and complaining.
Read verse 15 again.
This won't happen until we stop thinking about ourselves and being
Read Psalm 37:1 - 27 as a voice choir.
(Divide students into
three groups. Each group read a verse at a time.)