Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:15-35
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Merciful—kind, tender-hearted, compassion for other’s misery. Grace takes away the fault; mercy takes away the misery.
‘Be ye merciful as your Father also is merciful’
Believers have received mercy and are in constant need of mercy. Forgive to be forgiven; forgive because you are forgiven. Your mercifulness shows if you’ve received it and if you think you need it.
2 Samuel 22:24-28—by David after delivery from Saul Psalm 18
I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.25 Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward [contrary] thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
Froward—contrary, false, crooked. Afflicted—depressed, humble, lowly.
Opposite of mercy is arrogance.
James 2:13-17—coming out of respect of persons example of the poor in church.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
No mercy—direct opposite of Beatitude but stating the same truth. “I will repay”
Destitute—left behind, lacking. Opposite is “filled”
Pious sentiments with no action are worthless. No profit to either party.
In the same way faith in words does no good; faith in action has profit.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Through your mercy—mercy shown to Gentiles may bring Jews to a place of receiving mercy, lead to their recovery.
Concluded them all—shut up, held in ward. God saw fit to have us be in a helpless state so that He might show compassion.
Our being helped by God’s merciful Gospel practically will be seen by others and perhaps serve as instigation to their own reception of God’s mercy.
Romans 12:1-3—sin is bad, but worth it to show the greatness of love and mercy
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Mercies of God—God’s compassion is the motivation for our service. Love as revealedin the sacrifice of His Son for your salvation.
Because of God’s mercy, humble yourself and show mercy.
Opposite of mercy is arrogance.
Think more highly—remove all undue self-elevation. Have a realistic view of yourself, not getting carried away in your awesomeness.
Soberly—sound mind, sane, moderate, right minded.
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Mercy with cheerfulness—not a dour sense of obligation, not patronizing, but a joyful eagerness to be of help. Hilarity, exhilarated. More blessed to give than to receive.