Proposition: God can forgive the worst sinner. Don't hesitate to ask God for forgiveness.
INTRODUCTION: Has the court plea bargain system tainted our view of mercy?
- Many times the courts are not concerned with finding the guilt or innocence
- The courts are concerned with probability of conviction
- Plea bargains are arrangement where a guilty plea is given in exchange for a reduced sentence.
I. His Plea for Mercy
A. David did ask for mercy
- David had sinned and now ask God for mercy
- Mercy is compassion given to someone who may deserve harsh treatment.
B. Prodigal Son Went home after he messed up
- He wanted to work as a hireling
C. We must ask God for mercy, no matter how bad the sin
- We are all sinners
- Why we may not want to ask for mercy
- fear of rejection
- feeling unworthy of forgiveness
II. His Case for Mercy
A. David builds the case for mercy based on God's love
- David pleads to God's loving kindness
- David pleads to the multitude of God's tender mercies (compassion)
- David plead to the relationship he has enjoyed with god in the past
B. The prodigal son's Father accepted him
- His father welcomed him back home because of their relationship
C. God's love is not based on our actions, but it is base on our relationship
- While we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly
- God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son.
III. His Desire to be Cleansed
A. David uses three words that allude to cleansing
- Blot out (wipe clean) transgressions
- wash me from iniquity
- cleanse me from sin
B. When I tried to paint our dining room without removing the wallpaper completely.
- It looked fine momentarily
- the paint soaked into the left over paper and would not stick to the wall
- the paint did not stick until I cleaned the wall of all of the old wall paper.
C. We must have a desire to be clean
- We must desire more than just to “look good”
- We must allow God to clean us
CONCLUSION: Walk in the light
- Jesus is in the light
- He will cleanse us from all sin