Sermon -- Blessed Are the Merciful

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Blessed are the merciful

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A. Summary of the last few sessions 1. Poor in spirit = salt of the earth 2. Those who mourn = don’t deny their sadness 3. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness = long to do God’s will B. Illustration of a house with mort

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Goals: 1. To understand mercy 2. To see it modelled in the life of Jesus 3. To get a glimpse of what it would be like to live that way.  

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Mercy is the quality of God’s heart that causes him to forge a relationship with us as human beings when we absolutely do not deserve to be in relationship with him!

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I Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Titus 3:5 “He (God) saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy . He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 2:4-5 “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”

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The Way God Relates to us 1. Grace: giving us what we do not deserve 2. Mercy: not giving us what we do deserve 3. Judgement: giving us a little of what we deserve

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How can we be merciful like Jesus? 1. Showing mercy to others is one step. And it takes an ability to see deeper into another’s heart. My soundbite: When we react to one another, we tend to reach for each other’s hurts. When we respond to one another, we tend to reach for each other’s hearts 2. Our ability to be merciful comes from living with the profound truth that we need mercy ourselves! We need to receive mercy in order to be able to give it.

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3. What is your heart like?! Is it open to receiving mercy? Then it will be ready to show mercy.

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What difference would it make in our relationships with our partners, our children (adult and young), our parents, our siblings and our friends if we learned to give forgiveness and mercy just as Christ has given us forgiveness and mercy?

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