Last week we looked at “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” In quick review, we realize our brokenness and inability to save ourselves, mourn over our sin, submit ourselves to God, and hunger and thirst for His righteousness. After that, we begin living a life that reflects His character, which is what we will start looking at today.
This week we are looking at Matthew 5:7.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” — Matthew 5:7
What does it mean to be merciful?
What is mercy? It is showing compassion and forgiveness. Mercy is not giving someone what they deserve.
When Jesus says, “Blessed are the merciful…” He is not referring to some sort of compassion we find on our own. Rather it is mercy we receive from God.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” — Ephesians 2:4
Once we realize our brokenness, mourn, submit to God, and hunger for His righteousness, we will receive His mercy when He forgives us and makes us alive in Christ.
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” — Luke 6:35-36
God is mercy, and He has mercy on us when He save us from our sin and the judgment we deserve. In Luke, Jesus tells us to have mercy on others just as He did. We should have mercy on those who wrong us. We should also show mercy to those who don’t know Christ, sharing the Gospel with them so that they may know Him like we have come to know Him.
Next Monday we will look at Matthew 5:8.
Your sister in Christ,