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Blessed Are the Merciful (5 of 8)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
November 23, 2005
INTRODUCTION: As we pick up our study of the Beatitudes, we come to lesson number four, or the 5th blessing: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." With that, let us consider our main two points:
I. "BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL"
To have mercy means "to have compassion on someone" or "to have pity on someone." Particularly in the South, it is not unusual to still hear someone say, "Lord, have mercy!"
I refer to the South because the southern states are traditionally known as that states that make up the "Bible Belt." People there, even today, still have a little respect for the things of God.
However, people on the "Left Coast" (where we live) tend not to be very merciful. Instead of experiencing mercy, you are more likely to experience road rage, cutting in line, or someone making interesting little jesters with their fingers.
ILLUS: My wife and I were on the way home from San Francisco last night. We were caught in the 5:30 p. m. bumper to bumper "getting off from work" traffic. I've never been able to figure out why people refer to it as the "Rush Hour." It is anything but a rush. And you certainly don't experience a rush from being caught in it.
In either case, more than once, I signaled to change lanes and found that people don't generally want to let you in. Instead off letting you in, they move closer to the person in front of them so you can't get in. It's almost if they are saying, "This is my lane, and you don't have permission to be in it." No mercy here!
Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Two things about mercy:
A. Mercy's Outward Manifestation
1. When we consider someone to be merciful, we're able to see the outward signs of mercy: kindness, gentleness, forbearance, compassion, forgiveness. Jesus said in Col. 3:12, Put on therefore, as ...
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