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Blessed are the merciful | Matthew 5:7

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Matthew 5:7 (NASB)

Be-attitude 5

We’re now on be-attitude five. The foundation has been set in the first three. The structure for the be-atttitudes, what characterizes a follower of Christ, continues to be erected. 

Merciful

Barnes defines the merciful as, “those who are so affected by the sufferings of others, as to be disposed to alleviate them.” (Barnes’ commentary) Our God is a merciful God. A follower of Christ, filled with the Spirit of God, should demonstrate mercy as our God does.

  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” (2 Cor 1:3 NASB)
  • “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” (Deuteronomy 4:31)

Receive what you practice

Those who are merciful will receive mercy. Who doesn’t’ need mercy!? We all do. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all need God to extend mercy to us. Sinners, rebels, even God-haters were we until God saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

It reminds me of the principle of forgiveness: God will forgive those who practice forgiveness.  Who doesn’t need forgiveness!? “And his master, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he would repay all that was owed him. 35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:34-35)

RЯeflection

  • Are you a person who shows mercy to others? Think of the last interaction you had with someone. Maybe it was someone you don’t even know – like a beggar on the street. Did you (did I) act toward them with mercy? Judgment is easy and costs us nothing. Mercy is not so easy, it requires sacrifice. Just ask God.
  • Want to know more about mercy, forgiveness, and salvation click here.
Mother Theresa. Woman of mercy. Image from guides.library.duq.edu *

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