Blessed are the Merciful (6 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Blessed are the Merciful (6 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:7

''Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy'' (Matt. 5:7).

SCRIPTURE READING

The fifth beatitude is about mercy. Jesus said, ''Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy'' (Matt. 5:7). One of the best illustrations of mercy is the parable of the Good Samaritan.

[Read Luke 10:25-37.]

OUR WORLD LACKS MERCY

One of the problems in our world today is hunger. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, about 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2012-2014. That's one in nine people. But did you know that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone? World hunger is a solvable problem.

There are many reasons for world hunger. But one of the most basic reasons for world hunger is that there is a lack of mercy in the world.

A GOD OF MERCY

What is mercy? Mercy is ''compassion in action.'' ''The merciful'' are ''those who demonstrate forgiveness toward the guilty and kindness for the hurting and needy.'' Many times in the Gospels, people in need of healing cry out to Jesus, ''Have mercy on me.''

Scripture presents God as a God of mercy. David declared, ''The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love'' (Ps. 103:8).

The greatest demonstration of God's mercy is the CROSS.

We ''were by nature objects of wrath'' (Eph. 2:3). We were helpless and hopeless. ''But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ'' (Eph. 2:4-5).


GOD DESIRES MERCY IN HIS PEOPLE

As Christians, there is always the danger of losing sight of what is most important. This is what happened to many of the religious leaders of Jesus' day. They were very good at doing religious things, but they weren't good at showing mercy.

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