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

 

  • Definitions of Mercy: 
    • to deserve punishment and not receive it.
    • To have compassion on a hurting individual 
  • Jesus talks about this first idea over and over in his ministry:
    • We heard it in the Prayer Jesus taught us to pray - "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors"
      • Matt 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
    • We heard it in the parables of Jesus
      • The splinter in the eye
      • The Servant who was forgiven his great debt
  • We Can live by grace or we can live by law and we must choose
    • If WE would receive Mercy then we must give mercy as well
    • We cannot exist in the place of what someone "deserves" and still expect to not receive what we deserve
    • James 2:10-1310For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
  • God loves Mercy
    • Micah 7:18 "you delight in showing mercy"
    • Hosea 6:6 "for I desire mercy"
    • James 2:13 "mercy triumphs over judgment"
  • God loves when His people SEE suffering and move to meet it with compassion

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