The Beatitudes, Part III

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:2-7

We have been talking about the passage in Matthew known as the “Beatitudes.”  Any time we are given a promise and a condition to receive the promise, we should pay attention.  Today, we will look at verse 7:

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This goes back to the old “golden rule” (also found in Matthew) of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  If we would want to obtain mercy, we need to show mercy to others.  There is a parable in the book of Matthew about this.  An unjust servant owed his master 10,000 talents (which I believe is somewhere in the billions of dollars in today’s terms) and was forgiven.  That same servant then went to fellowservant who owed him 100 pence (which I believe is equal to a few bucks today) and would not forgive him.  How often is that us?  How often does the Lord forgive us of all our sins and of all our rebellion against God only to see us squabble with others and hold grudges against them?  How often are we guilty of that?

The Bible tells us that we should be “forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  God has shown us great mercy.  Why should we not show others mercy?  We all need mercy.  Not one of us is sinless.  Not one of us is perfect.  We are all going to need mercy and we are all going to need a lot of mercy at one point or another.  If that is true, shouldn’t we be working on this and showing mercy to others?

6 responses to this post.

  1. Indeed we need to be a people of mercy in order to be able to receive mercy. I have noticed that something about unforgiveness makes a person unable to receive forgiveness by faith.


    • I agree. I once read a story from DL Moody about trying to deal with a woman who would absolutely not forgive someone who had wronged her years before. To me, not having mercy on others is a slap in the face to God, Who has had great mercy on us.


  2. This is such a great reminder. You have me thinking of that verse in Micah . . .to LOVE mercy. God bless you, Ben, as you give and receive mercy.


  3. Thanks, Ben

    We often don’t act like we will even need mercy … until we need it!

    Thanks for the reminders



    • Mercy and forgiveness are things that, to me, it’s hard to have too much of. God has had so much mercy on me that I should be more than willing to have mercy on others as they need it.


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