Saturday, February 24, 2018

Matthew - Blessed are the Merciful and Pure

In today's study, we continue to look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:7-8.

Blessed are the Merciful
v.7 Mercy by definition is compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power. Psalm 18:25 “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.” Cf. James 2:12-13

The law of mercy in the kingdom of heaven is simple. You grant mercy and you receive mercy. You withhold mercy and you get judgment. The blessed were merciful and, thus, they received mercy. I believe that Grace is not getting what you deserve and Mercy is getting more than you deserve.

Christian Application
To the Christian, blessed are the merciful means to show mercy (cf. Romans 12:8).

Blessed are the Pure in Heart
v.8 To be pure means to be free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind (cf. Psalm 24:3-4).

Christian Application
To a Christian, blessed are the pure in heart means to keep pure while we await our Savior (cf. 1 John 3: 1-3).

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