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Blessed Are Week Five: Blessed Are The Merciful

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Memory Verse: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Read: We have spent the last several weeks learning how Jesus called us to live in such a way that is counter-culture to the world we live in. We’ve come to realize the world perceives words like poor, mourning, and meek differently from how Jesus meant for them to be used to grow His Kingdom. This week, however, the meaning of our fifth beatitude, Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Will be Shown Mercy, is straightforward. Our ability to dispense the same kind of mercy God has shown us to others is what sets us apart from the world.
In Matthew 9:13 Jesus tells us,  "But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."   What we must understand is having mercy means being so full of compassion for each other it causes us to do something about it. It compels us to act even when the other person doesn’t deserve it. Why? Because God’s word tells us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  Ephesians 4:32

Questions for the Week:

  1. Why are you in need of God’s mercy?
  2. Do you struggle with granting mercy to others? Why?
  3. Who have you been withholding mercy from? What steps can you take to show them the same mercy God has shown you?

Passages for Further Study:

  1. Ephesians 2:3-5
  2. James 2:13
  3. Matthew 18:23-35

Prayer: Father in Heaven, we give praise and thanks to you for your gift of mercy. Please help us to have a forgiving heart, not jumping to judgment. Help us to acknowledge daily our own need for mercy. May the mercy we show be reflective of the mercy you have given us.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.