Daily Archives: July 2, 2018
This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
Understanding Mercy | Becky Newman
Reading these verses in the context of the fifth Beatitude — blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy — shows where we have to start to be a merciful disciple. Vindication means the action of clearing someone from blame. This is how we get clean hands and a pure heart, but it can only come through God’s mercy in the blood of Jesus. Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward another when it is in that person’s power to punish them.
I cannot be merciful to others if I don’t first understand Your mercy given to me. Similarly, I love because You first loved me. I deserve blame and death, but in Your mercy, You vindicate me and free me from blame, continually, as long as I am seeking You. To show mercy starts with me understanding how You give mercy.
Oh Lord, thank You for Your never-ending mercy. Help me to show mercy as You’ve shown it to me. “Give me clean hands and a pure heart; may I not put my trust in another.”
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