Mercy Ministries: Two Perspectives: Kyrie Eleison
When he church so cares for its own, it demonstrates to the world a "see-how-they-love-one-another" life that testifies to the power of the gospel and may be used of God to provoke the world to jealosy.
Nothing expresses the heart of Christianity like the Kyrie. It was the cry of blind Bartimaeus, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47). It was the prayer of the justified publican and the last prayer of John Murray, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" (Luke 18:13).
The Bible makes clear that there is a connection between receiving and showing mercy. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). No one can ask God to show him mercy who does not show mercy. But to whom ...