In the 1st 4 beatitudes, Jesus laid out what our attitude is to be before God. Now, as we move into the 5th beatitude, He is laying out for us how we are to live in relationship with each other. "Blessed are the merciful..." raises the standard; the expectation on how we are to treat each other. Mercy is a combination of forgiveness and compassion. To be merciful is to be too aware of our own sin to deal too harshly with the sins of other people. We all have been given the gift of mercy by God. Now, what are we invited to do with the endless mercy He has given to us?
"The Merciful" is the 7th message in our newest series, "New Creation...", learning about the "beatitudes" from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.