Blessed are the Merciful, for They Shall Receive Mercy

March 26th, 2018

“Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

 March 25,2018

 

We are not meant to _______________ our Christianity. 

          Our Christianity is meant to _____________ us!

 

The Roman philosopher said that mercy was “the disease of the soul”...a sign of ______________!

 

The Greek word for mercy is “eleos”, which means to be merciful or sympathetic.  It recognizes _______ in another person, and reaches out to meet that _____.  

 

The Hebrew definition is “the ability to step into another person’s skin until we can see with that persons eyes, think with that persons mind, and feel with that persons heart.”

 

Love acts out of ________; mercy gives out of _________.... Mercy lends its help.... Love gives its heart!

 

It IS genuine compassion, with pure unselfish motives that reach out to help.

 

Mercy is____________ the need, not just ___________ it!!!

 

God is the _____________ of mercy.  Ephesians 2:4-5
4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

This points out that while Mercy springs forth from the Love of God, it is linked to forgiveness of God by _____ _________! 

 

We should be moved with compassion when we are confronted with those in need, resisting the temptation towards ________________.

 

mercy must always be based on truth, thus it goes beyond sympathy... it does not overlook or condone sin.  In fact, the merciful thing to do is to ___________ wrongdoing. 

 

We do not earn mercy by showing mercy... rather we recognize God’s mercy toward us and then we demonstrate it to others. 

It is our __________ __________ to God for mercy every time that we sin.... And as we receive more mercy we are able to demonstrate more mercy...

 

So, how do we demonstrate mercy??? 

Spiritually:

by sharing the gospel with those who are lost,

confronting others about their sin,

Practically:

helping a hurting child,

visiting a hospitalized friend or even an enemy,

forgiving an offender,

befriend a loner,

feed a hungry person, etc.etc.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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