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The Power of Mercy in the Sermon on the Mount

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9/30/2023

The Power of Mercy in the Sermon on the Mount

Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Will Receive Mercy (Matthew 5:7)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shared valuable wisdom with His followers. He gave them teachings called the Beatitudes, showing the way to a blessed and godly life. One of these teachings is, Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

What is mercy? Mercy is not just a word; it's a powerful force that comes from deep compassion and forgiveness. It's like the kindness we show to others, even when the world hurts us. It's like a helping hand for those who have fallen and a caring heart for those in trouble. In the Greek language, the word for mercy, "eleos," shows that it's about having compassion for people who really need it.

Let’s question ourselves and then find answers from the Bible: Is God merciful? Are we showing mercy to others, even when it looks hard? Are we forgiving those who wrong us? Are we willing to forgive others' mistakes, knowing that God forgives us when we do the same?

The Bible says, Indeed, our God is merciful. He proclaims Himself as "the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin" (Exodus 34:6-7). Throughout the Bible, we witness God's unwavering mercy, even in the face of human frailty and rebellion.

The true power of mercy became evident when Jesus was resurrected from the dead. His rising from the tomb showcased God's ultimate act of compassion and forgiveness. Through this remarkable event, we see that no matter how far we may have fallen or how deep our mistakes become, God's mercy has the incredible ability to bring new life and hope. It's a powerful reminder that His love and forgiveness can transform our lives in profound ways.

The story of the prodigal son shows divine mercy. When the son who went astray comes back home, his father doesn't scold him. Instead, he warmly welcomes him, demonstrating the deep mercy that forgives, restores, and celebrates.

In a world often driven by self-interest and competition, are we passing on the value of compassion to our children, encouraging them to be instruments of God's mercy where it's needed most?

This idea is similar to what Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 about forgiveness. Jesus taught, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. In Ephesians 4:32, it says, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Yes, it's important to teach the next generation about mercy. In Psalm 78:4, it says, "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done."

The Bible says that merciful people are blessed because they will also receive mercy. So, if we show kindness and forgiveness to others, especially when they don't deserve it, God will show us mercy, even though we make mistakes and don't deserve it either.

As Christians, we're meant to be like Jesus, who showed us the way of mercy. Jesus said, "I want mercy, not religious routines" (Matthew 9:12-13). This means mercy is about compassion and love for others, going beyond religious rituals.

In a world where people often focus on themselves and compete with each other, it's important to teach our children about being kind and merciful. We can pass on the idea of showing love and helping others, so they become agents of God's mercy in a world that needs it.

Let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for your boundless mercy, which you extend to us, though we are undeserving. Help us to show this same mercy to others, for it is in giving that we receive. May we be vessels of your love and compassion in a world hungering for kindness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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