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  • Writer's pictureMatt Beaney

#278 – DAILY MERCY (3/2/21)

This week we are considering the fifth Beatitude,

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’ (Matthew 5:5)

We can define mercy as undeserved generosity or compassion in action.

Today we are considering that we need to live in the mercy of God as a lifestyle. We receive God’s mercy when we receive Jesus for salvation. However, we are to live in the mercy of God each day. It’s easy to fall into ‘legalism’; this is the belief that our performance of God’s will, is what earns God’s love and our salvation. The reality is that we are loved and saved by God’s grace’; justification (to be declared perfectly righteous) is God’s free gift to those who simply choose to trust in Jesus’ death as their substitute.

We must never stray from God’s mercy. We all fall short each day. Sometimes we are not clear as to God’s will and can worry if we are angering Him in some way. Many people who believe in Jesus can live with tormented consciences. Others can become prideful as they look down on the performance of others. We must remain in the mercy of God.

Let’s take a moment to meditate on the mercy of God and let’s make it a habit to do so every day. Here are two beautiful texts for you to use.

‘But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: he steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
‘The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’ (Psalm 103:8-12)

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It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.

Suggested opener/Ice-breaker

What have been your 'highs' and 'lows' this week?

Introduction - please share in your group

This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the fifth of the Beatitudes,

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

We can define mercy as undeserved generosity or compassion in action.

The Parable of The Good Samaritan is a great example of the kind of mercy that we are to show. The Parable ends with Jesus saying,

“Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)

The Beatitudes are a portrait of a true Christian; all Christians will show mercy. They understand how God has been merciful to them in their sin, and this overflows into all of their relationships. Christians also have a new nature; they have been 'born again' by the Holy Spirit and are being made into Jesus' likeness.

Discussion questions

1. Did God speak to you about anything in particular from Sunday's message or the blogs this week?

2. This Beatitude teaches that it's only the merciful who will be shown mercy. Clearly, we are not saved by our works of mercy, so how would you explain Jesus' words here?

3. Let's try and think of as many ways that we can show mercy in our every day lives.

4. Let's pray for one another that we would be more merciful in our disposition.

Investing and inviting

1) Who has God put into your life that we could pray for together?

2) How are you planning to 'invest and invite'?

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