Why We (For)give - Week Seven (Elyria Campus)

 Expanding Your Circle of Love

Why We (For)give

Luke 6:37-38


Jesus’ point: We show mercy by giving pardon and possessions.

  • Forgiveness: “To release or pardon” when someone has harmed or offended you.
  • Giving: To give up material possessions to someone else.
  • The common thread: Christ is calling us to let go of things we tend to hold on to.


Why should we show mercy?

  • Because Jesus commands it, and that should be enough.
  • Because wisdom commends it, and Jesus wants us to know it’s worth
  • Because God models it; we give because God already


Take Home Truth: Only when we understand the mercy we’ve been freely given in Christ will we be free to give it to others.