Thursday, October 10, 2013

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the Merciful - Steve Gregg

Steve Gregg talks about the mercy we receive if we are merciful and forgiving,

Matthew 5:7


New King James Version (NKJV)
Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The Beatitudes

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Matt.5:7)

I. The need for mercy from God
A. Our debt to God (Matt.6:12)
B. What God owes us (Rom.6:23)
C. The principle of reciprocity (Luke 6:31, 37-38/James 2:13/Rev.16:5-7/18:6-8/Matt.25:31-46)

II. Merciful dealings: on God’s short list of top priorities (Mic.6:8/Hos.6:6/Matt.23:23)

III. Mercy = “moved with compassion(Matt.9:36/14:14/18:27/Mark 1:41/6:36)
A. Compassion without action is of little value (James 2:15-16/1 John 3:17-18)
B. Action without proper motivation is also unacceptable (Matt.6:1-4/1 Cor.13:3/Prov.15:8/21:27)
C. Mercy always involves the surrender of personal rights or privileges (Matt.5:38-42/1 Cor.6:7/ James 5:6)
D. The breadth of mercy (Matt.5:43-48/ Ex.23:4-5/Prov. 25:21)

IV. The circumstances of merciful dealings
A. Where there is offense
1. Charitable Judgment (Matt.7:1-2/James 4:11-12/John 7:24)
2. Forgiveness (Mark 11:25)
3. Responsible pardon (Gal. 6:1/Luke 17:3-4/Matt.18:15-17)
4. Divine reciprocity in this mercy (Matt.6:12-15/Mark 11:26/Matt.18:34-35)
B. Where there is need (Isa.58:6-7)
1. Relief of suffering (Luke 10:36-37/Gal.6:2)
2. Giving to the poor (Matt.5:42/Prov.14:21, 31)
3. Responsible assistance (2 Thess.3:10/1 Tim.5:3-16)
4. Divine reciprocity in this mercy (Prov.11:17, 24-26/19:17/Ps.37:25-26/41:1)