The Beattitudes – Blessed are the Merciful

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Greg continues our series on the the beatitudes. See you in-person or online at 10:30!

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– Mercy is _________ giving someone something they deserve. 

– Mercy is _______________.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

– Lamentations 3:22-23

– We have the ability to show mercy only because we have been blessed with mercy. 

– Mercy is not just an attitude it is an __________________.

1) Showing mercy involves giving up what is ______________ yours. (vs. 18:23-27) 

  • Revenge
  • Rights
  • Repayment

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:35-36

2)  Your __________ of mercy will be seen by others. 

(vs. 18:28-31) 

“…In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

– Matthew 5:14-16 (1 Peter 2:12)

3)  There are ________________ to our lack of mercy. (vs. 18:32-35)

  • The master’s charge (vs. 32-33)
  • The master’s anger (vs. 34a)
  • The master holds the servant accountable (vs. 34b-35)

“…Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” – James 2:12-13 

(Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:32)

  • In Christ we have received EXTRAVAGENT Mercy and Grace.
  • As Christians we now extend EXTRAVAGENT Mercy and Grace to others. 

Digging Deeper

Q1: Share about a time you received mercy from someone else? What happened? How did that shape that relationship?

Q2: Explain your definition of Mercy. Why is being merciful a requirement for receiving mercy?

Q3: How does the outcome of the unmerciful servant’s actions (Matt. 18:32-35) confirm the truth of Jesus’ beatitude (Matt. 5:7)?

Q4: Read 1 Peter 2:12. Have you ever been convicted by the Holy Spirit because of your lack of mercy or forgiveness towards someone else? Did you seeking that person’s forgiveness?

Q5: If you are not showing mercy to others, how might that be an indication that you are not being shaped by the gospel?

Q6: Read Matthew 6:14-15 and Ephesians 4:32. How does your lack of mercy towards others reflect the mercy you receive from God? Do you need to show mercy to someone today?