When you think of mercy what do you think of?
Mercy defined: A compassion to one in need or helpless distress, or in debt and without claim to favorable treatment.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 18 – Peter asks how many times to forgive. He expected there to be an end to mercy. Because why wouldn't you?
I mean fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me - right?
We have basically zero tolerance when it comes to other's shortcomings, but when it comes to our own we expect it.
Why do you think we notice other people’s specks before we recognize our own planks?
Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor
This man did not understand the magnitude of mercy and forgiveness that had been poured out on him.
The same is true of us.
We don’t understand the magnitude of God’s mercy if we excuse ourselves from showing mercy to another. (that’s a deep thought to consider) Thought for private reflection: Who are we refusing to show mercy to?
When we are abiding in Christ our hearts can hear when God calls us to extend mercy. It is because we understand the hurt, we have caused that allows us to forgive those who have hurt us.
Self-righteousness, pride and lack of obedience are often what stand in our way.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
This world says don't be merciful. Hate others who think differently then you. Don't associate with them, don't go to dinner with them, absolutely do not become a friend to them... And we are seeing this sad spiral as we watch this mentality taking over our country is right now.
But God says no, our outlook needs to be changed - He wants to transform our mind. When we allow him to transform our mind - something amazing happens as he purifies our heart, and softens it from the stone that it used to be.
A pure heart is a requirement to be a disciple.
What does a pure heart look like?
How do we go from a deceitful heart to a pure heart?
Proverbs 4:23 says to guard our heart.
What does that mean to you?
Join me in this episode as we continue our journey through the Beatitudes.
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