The Fifth Beatitude

 Blessed are the Merciful,
for they shall obtain Mercy. 

love towards those that are miserable,
those that are wretched,
and those that need some type of help or assistance.

    The merciful are people that have a tender heart and who truly feel in the deep parts of their heart the pain and the suffering of other people who need mercy. The merciful are those that go out of their way and make the effort to help others.

    The first part of having mercy is to have compassion on those that are hurting.
    The second part of having mercy is doing something about it.

    Jesus tells us to show the same type of mercy to others that He shows to each of us. In 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 the Bible says "What a wonderful God we have - He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does He do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us." 2

    We are not to perform occasional acts of charity, but we are to have the heart of Jesus and always show compassion and mercy in a thankful and cheerful way. God shows us mercy not just when we are good but when we are miserable, helpless, wicked, ungodly, and powerless. God shows us mercy when we are not deserving of His love, when we are foolish and when we are miserable due to our sin. God is happy to show us His mercy even when we do not deserve it. Just as God shows us Mercy we are commanded to show mercy to others.

    This beatitude is also about showing mercy through the act of forgiving others daily. When someone does something wrong to you or someone you love, you are commanded to forgive them. Regardless of the reasons and regardless of the circumstances Our Lord demands that we forgive one another just as God is contantly forgiving you.

    "Your heavenly Father will forgive you
    if you forgive those who sin against you;
    but if you refuse to forgive them,
    He will not forgive you."

    Matthew 6: 14-15

    We need the mercy of God each and every day. When we realize that we sin daily, and we need God's forgiveness and mercy daily, then in our hearts we should realize God wants us to be like Him. If God is willing to give us His mercy every day then we should also be happy to extend mercy and forgiveness to others every day.

    CLICK HERE to read a story about Mrs. Gandy who showed mercy to her neighbor
    even when her neighbor had not showed mercy to her.

    1 - wretched ~ a very unhappy person that is looked down upon by others.
    2 - Bible Passage from The People's Study Bible ~ Zondervan Bible Publishers
    3 - Bible Passage from The People's Study Bible ~ Zondervan Bible Publishers
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    This lesson is taken from the writing of Beatitudes by Robert Wells

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