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Mercy - The Fundamental of Grace

Matthew 5:7; James 1:27; Matthew 7:1-12; Various

Mercy - The Fundamental of Grace

Matthew 5:7; James 1:27; Matthew 7:1-12; Various

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

Tonight, we continue on with our study of the blessings from the Sermon on the Mount. The “Beatitudes are blessings are that Jesus pronounced on the crowd asking for God to show his favor on them. These blessing bring a spiritual joy that comes from God into our hearts and floods them with His joy and love.

Tonight we are on our fifth blessing. Matthew 5:7 says, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Mercy according to the Oxford dictionary is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. It is an act or event that prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering. Mercy is not based on the persons merit to receive it. It is based on the goodness of the one who gives it.

There are really two thoughts here. The first thought is that sense of emptiness. Jesus is talking to people who have not received mercy. They feel oppressed by life. There are those who have been run over and battered by the world. Someone is always kicking the dog when they are down.

Those who have not received mercy in the world will find mercy in Jesus. The fundamental, undergirding spiritual truth is the reality of grace in Jesus Christ. All who come to him will receive mercy and grace. Even if they don’t deserve it… or especially if they don’t deserve it. Often mercy is not deserved.

God has treated us much better than we deserve. He has seen us in our sin and had mercy on us because of his great love for us (see Rom. 5:6-11). Even though we have repeatedly proved unfaithful and undependable God has been gracious and merciful. He has repeatedly offered forgiveness, help, redemption, and salvation when we least deserved it. God is merciful. He shows mercy to those who haven’t received it in this world. He shows mercy to those who may not deserve it.

The second thought that sense we have received his mercy we should offer mercy to those in our lives who may not deserve it.

Most people think of religion as belief in a higher power that is demonstrated by worship or acts of devotion. But if there were one word that characterizes what God thinks of religion I would have to say it is mercy (Ps 40:5-6; Ho 6:6; Mt 9:13; 12:7; Ro 12:1). James said it this way: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:27).

God dealt with us not as we deserved but as his children who need to be corrected. So how can we claim to be his children and not be merciful? How can we seek vengeance against others? How can we wish ill on our brothers and sisters? We sometimes call out for God to show justice and pour out his wrath on others. But we, ourselves, would not want true justice placed on us because fairness would demand we pay a for our sins with our lives.

In the Kingdom Family, mercy rules. When that mercy is forgotten by us, then God has promised to use our standard of mercilessness when he judges us. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Mt 7:1-2). Yet as long as we are merciful to others, God will show us mercy.

The truth of the matter is that we are better for it when we show mercy and forgiveness like Christ did for us. There is too much worry, stress, guilt, and fear in an unforgiving heart. There is too much pain in holding on to anger, hurt, and malice. It is better to let it go and show mercy… so that we will receive the fullness of his mercy and grace.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord Almighty, You have given us such great love and mercy through your Son Jesus Christ. You have forgiven us when we don’t deserve anything from you. You are holy and we are sinful. You are righteous and we are worldly. So we ask that since you have shown us great mercy that you teach us to show mercy to others. We want to be like you, Lord. Help us to be like you. In Jesus name. AMEN!

“Good night and God bless you.”

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