by Curt Dodd

Matthew 5:7
The Bible says:
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

In the heart of the Beatitudes spoken by Christ on the side of a
Galilean Hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Jesus spoke of the
critical importance as to our relationship not only with God but
with other men. We must first understand that a man must get
right with God and then he can get right with other men.
However, if a man fails to get right with God, he will never
ever totally be able to stay right with men and the opposite is
true as well. Without being right with men, you cannot stay
right with God. John wrote in I John 2, verses 9-11:
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is
still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the
light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But
whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in
the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the
darkness has blinded him.

We must remember that in our relationships with men that Jesus
is both our teacher as well as our example. What Jesus was
doing in the middle of these Beatitudes was simply to tell us
how to live. How we are to walk. If there ever was an emphasis
that we need to capture, it is on this area of mercy, how to cut
others some slack.
George Bernard Shaw in one of his famous plays has his character
walk into a jungle and meeting a lion in great pain because of
an infected thorn in his paw, seeks to help the lion because the
lion is in great distress and he is too weak to be dangerous.
So the man took the thorn out, poured alcohol into ...

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