Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 2 Study # 10
April 20, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<584> Thesis: The "grace/faith-function" of "showing mercy" is the ability to provide the issues of "life/Life" to those in danger of "death/Death". Introduction: This evening we are coming to the end of Paul's focus on the contribution that each member of the body is to make to the health of the body. We have seen that without a determined intent to focus upon one's Spirit-given ability to enhance the Life of the Body, there will be a minimal return at the Judgment Seat of Christ. In that light, Paul's instructions begin with a focus upon the actual performance of the gifting (from prophecy to exhortation) that, then, moves to a focus upon the expansion of that performance (from giving to showing mercy). As we come to the end of this focus, we are told that if we have the "gift" of "showing mercy", we are to exercise it "with cheerfulness".