Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Beatitude 5 – Happy are the Merciful
Matthew 5v7 “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.”
A legalistic and judgmental spirit is the cause of much unhappiness. We are unhappy with those around us, they wind up unhappy with us and we end up unhappy with ourselves too.
To show mercy is to give others some slack, to forgive what they do wrong, to be generous to them despite their actions.
How can we do this when we are not naturally so inclined? When we truly receive God’s mercy, we are so filled with gratitude that his mercy changes us to become merciful. Feed on God’s mercy, allow yourself to be transformed by his mercy into someone who is merciful. And then you showing mercy is the demonstration of God’s mercy in you – and in that you can be sure of his mercy to come too.
The funny thing too, is that as we go out of our way to be merciful to others, we somehow also experience more of God’s mercy towards us now.
This attitude towards others is the secret of both being a light in the world (v14) and of following the interpretations Jesus gives to the Old Testament law (v17-48).
May you and I both fully experience God’s mercy, and be people of mercy.
With love and blessing,
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