Monday, February 4, 2019
Reasons God Wants Me to Be Merciful
In review of Matthew 5:7 it says, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (NLT).Mer
Today’s passage is Matthew 5:7. It tells me that Happy are those who are merciful to others; for God will be merciful to them!
In the Kingdom of Heaven, worldly wealth, power and authority are unimportant. A Kingdom person will seek different attitudes. Today I need to consider if my attitudes just a carbon copy of the world's selfishness, price, and lust for power, or do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, my king.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:7, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (NLT).
In other words, what I give, I’m going to get. I’ve got to learn to be a minister of mercy if I want God’s blessing on your life. But why does God want me to show mercy to others? Why is being merciful so important?
1). Because 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” (GNT). God wants me to pass on the mercy that I’ve received from him.
2). Because God commands me to be merciful.
Do you want a summary of what life’s all about? Here it is: “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). Because 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. But I cannot receive what I am 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). Because 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 happier and more blessed I’m going to be.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
What this means to me:
God will bless me if I am merciful, for in return he will show me mercy.
In summary, Happy are those who are merciful to others, for God will be merciful to them. In the Kingdom of Heaven, worldly wealth, power and authority are unimportant. What I give, I'm going to get. I am to show mercy to others because; God has shown mercy to me, he command me to, I'm going to need more mercy in the future, and showing mercy brings or causes happiness.
Thank you for the reminder this morning on being merciful to others around me. You provided me endless mercy. It’s only right for me to provide the same mercy to others. I also pray this morning Father for healing from my allergies, congestion, cough. I need your healing hand to help me get through this. I also ask for your wisdom and guidance in my work today, my leadership and my interaction with others. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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