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God Adds the Merciful ~ Matthew 5:7

One might say that Jesus was teaching the mathematical “order of operation”, multiplication precedes addition.

Jesus established an “order of operation” in doing His Father’s will. The Ministry of mercy and grace started with the Call to the disciples. The disciples would learn to teach and preach the good news of God’s mercy and grace unto salvation.

Matthew 5:7 (ESV)   “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Mercy is a concept integral to an understanding of God’s dealings with humankind. In our English translations of the Bible, it comes to expression in phrases such as “to be merciful,” “to have mercy on” or “to show mercy toward.” (biblestudytools.com)

In the greatest sense, Jesus was the full expression of the mercy of God.  Jesus was teaching, those who are merciful will receive the divine mercy of God.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Happy (Blessed) are those who receive the Gift of Mercy. Jesus stresses His demands for righteousness, a righteousness of heart that the law cannot provide.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself. To express compassion in meeting the needs of others, exemplifies the Love of Christ. To show mercy is more than feeling sorrow or having pity for someone, it is an expression of Love in action. Like the Father, Jesus was moved well beyond feeling compassion on the suffering. He meet the need of those He encountered. One will discover the practical beauty of the Beatitudes or “blessed sayings” when his or her heart leads them to practicing them in their daily life.

The Sermon on the Mount contains the very heart of Jesus’ teachings, thus many have viewed them as the Ten Commandments of the New Testament.

Jesus is teaching that if we live as servants with humble and right hearts, we will be richly blessed here on earth, as well as in heaven.  Let the Joy of your salvation be seen, so others may ask why you are happy (blessed).

~ Charles Slone

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