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The Cycle of Mercy: Have Mercy! (5 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
February 12, 2012
TEXT: Matthew 5:1-7
We're moving into the second half of the eight beatitudes, which are so-called because beatitude is from a Latin word which means blessed or blissful, and these 8 verses start with the word "blessed".
Again, these are characteristics of those who have chosen to follow Christ.
These are not things you do to "become" a Christian.
These are things that are indicative of you "because" you are a Christian.
You have been born "again".
As a disciple of Christ, you have a new nature.
And because of that you start manifesting evidence of a new birth so that you won't have an experience like this:
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plat ...
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