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Merciful: Treating them like family

03/03/2024 - Matthew Destry

Matthew 5:1-7

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Who gets to ‘live the good life’?

Developing your palate

Mercy (ἔλεος) and the two levels of relationship

How do we live as mercifully as this?

  1. Our need for ongoing mercy
  2. Seeing others through a Kingdom lens
  3. A heart of mercy with a firm hand

 Advancing the Kingdom by merciful works

 What fuels this kind of mercy?

Psalm 136