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November 12, 2021

Blessed Are the Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

This is the fifth of a series of statements Jesus made to open His famous Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7. We refer to these statements as the Beatitudes. They describe the secret of a blessed, happy life. In this beatitude, Jesus declares, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

God is a merciful God. The Psalmist declared, “The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy…” (Psalm 119:64). Everywhere we look, we see the merciful hand of God. Jesus pointed this out when He said that God "…makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

What is mercy? A good working definition of mercy is “not getting what we deserve”. As Christians, we recognize that God has not given us what we deserve, which is judgment, and eternal damnation. Rather, He has extended His forgiveness to us, and has given us eternal life! He has extended His mercy to us! We don’t deserve it! We understand that it came at an unimaginable cost. On the cross, the Son of God took the judgment that was ours, paying our debt with His blood to satisfy the righteous requirements of God for the sins of the world. At the cross, “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed” (Psalm 85:10).

God has been so merciful to us, and in turn desires that we extend that same mercy to others. What does that look like? It means extending forgiveness to those who have offended us, just as God has extended His mercy to us. Paul puts it this way: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

"Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” – Jesus (Luke 6:36).

Question: Are you extending mercy to others?

Challenge: “ Christ forgave you, so you also must do”(Colossians 3:13).

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your mercy. Help us to be merciful to others.

James Fullan

Baseball Chapel
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Largo, FL 33773

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