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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Learning To Show Mercy

In review of Matthew 5:7 it says, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Bottom Line:
If you show mercy to others, you will be shown mercy.

What this means to me:
As I show mercy to others, I will be shown mercy.

Jesus in the sermon on the mount said, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7, NLT).  In other words, what you give, you’re going to get. God will bless your being a minister of mercy in your life.

I should be merciful because:

1). God has shown me mercy. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved” (TEV). God wants me to pass on the mercy that I’ve received from him.

2). God commands me to be merciful. It summarizes what life is all about? “The LORD has told you what is good. This is what the LORD requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 GW).

3). I’m going to need more mercy in the future. I’m going to make a lot of mistakes between now and when I get to Heaven, and I’m going to need God’s mercy when I do. But I cannot receive what I’m unwilling to give. James 2:13 says, “You must show mercy to others, or God will not show mercy to you when he judges you. But the person who shows mercy can stand without fear at the judgment” (NCV).

4). Showing mercy brings or causes happiness. Matthew 5:7 says that God blesses those who are merciful. The word “blessed” also means “happy,” so the more I learn and demonstrate this quality, the more blessed and happier I’ll be.

In summary, as I show mercy to others, I’ll be imitating the character of God and will be shown mercy