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For They Shall Obtain Mercy
2/19/2018

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NKJV)

In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave a great outline for every person who would aspire to follow Him (Matt. 5:1-7:27).  He stood there as God in flesh, speaking many promises, and making a series of statements — each of them contained a promise and a blessing (Matt. 5:3-11). Right in the middle of these opening statements Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

As I read this I thought to myself, “This seems reasonable,” but what exactly did Jesus mean by the word mercy?  Well, the word mercy used here in this verse was translated from the Greek word, eleeo, (el-eh-eh´-o), and it means to be compassionate, by word or deed. 

We can see mercy being spoken of in the Old Testament as well, but this time it is derived from the Hebrew word hesed and it is one of the most commonly used words to describe God’s Character — it speaks of mercy, kindness and a dedicated love. 

Q: So what does this "mercy” look like in tangible actions?

It is a loving compassion in action, willing to rescue or give help to those who are afflicted. Mercy doesn’t help others in an attempt to look good, nor is it a passive concern for those in need.  True mercy is selfless and is willing to act because there simply is a need for action.  In short, genuine mercy comes from a person who genuinely wants to help others. 

As I thought about this I couldn’t help but reason within my mind — Mercy best describes Jesus’ heart and life. I then thought about the promises within this verse as well—Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful…” This word blessed actually means, “supremely blessed, or happy.”  It actually describes those who are favored by God and therefore they are very happy. 

I find this principle to be true in my life.  When the Lord prompts me to help someone and I am used in their life, I find I am the one who is being just as blessed as they may be.  God doesn’t have to use us in helping others, but He allows us to so we can be blessed (happy).  And the best part is that when we show true mercy to others, we will find that we will obtain the same mercy. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Choose to be merciful to those in your life today.  Remember how Jesus was merciful to you and make it your focus to imitate Him. 

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. Ephesians 5:1 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 5:7 what can we learn about our being merciful to others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to show others mercy today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s make it our goal to look to the needs of others and then be willing to help them as God leads.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercy upon my life.  Thank You for showing me what mercy looks like in action by allowing me to see how Jesus lived.  Help me to show this same type of mercy to others today Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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