April 13, 2019

Thinking about the Beatitudes today from Matthew 5:3-12,  All of the things Jesus talked about are character traits that lead to a right relationship with God.  This morning I’m especially looking at:

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  (Mat. 5:7)

The trait of giving mercy is shown throughout the Scriptures both Old Testament and New Testament.  I am especially reminded of the time when David showed mercy to King Saul as David crept unnoticed and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe but did not kill him. (1 Samuel 24: 8-13)  David was a man of integrity driven by his love for God and his bent on pleasing Go by being obedient to God’s word.

Through the Beatitudes we are called to be merciful, to offer mercy, to show mercy…like David, our strength of character is in part measured by how we are merciful to others, especially those who don’t ask for it or even understand what it means.

To be merciful is to be like Jesus.

Peace

Jim

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