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Westside Care Center Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Prayer, Principle 5A. Forgiveness-Beatitude: The Merciful’s Mercy



The Meaning of Hungering/ Thirsting:


Thirst is an advanced degree of hunger, actions are the product and advanced degree of thoughts. When thoughts are right continuously, actions follow automatically; the by product of the hunger and thirst is the filling, thus it is the satisfying fruit of doing right.


From the Prayer Notebook

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

5A. CONFESSION – As I have kept short sin-debts by immediate confession of sins You have revealed, I now pause to examine my heart further for wrong attitudes. As You convict, I will once again make confession of my sin and remember it's results.

Matthew 5.3-10 "Blessed are..."

1B. THE BEATITUDES – Lord, help me...

3)the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1C. To obtain spiritual goals You expect, that I might receive the fullest reward in heaven.

4)they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

2C. To weep over sin You reveal to me, that I might have the peace of Your forgiveness.

5)the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

3C. To yield when I am shown sin, so that I may receive my earthly inheritance.

6)those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled,

4C. To desire being right in thoughts and actions, so that I will live right continuously.


7)the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

5C. To show mercy as I have received it from You, that I may have Your mercy's fullness.

-Meaning to have mercy on or to show compassion for one afflicted or seeking aid, to bring help to the wretched

[merciful= 1655 eleemon {el-eh-ay'-mone} adjective from 1653; mercy= 1653 eleeo {el-eh-eh'-o} from 1656;

1656 eleos {el'-eh-os} AV - mercy (28) 1) mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them 1a) of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one's self merciful 1b) of God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ ]

Albert Barnes Commentary:

Verse 7. Blessed are the merciful. That is, those who are so affected by the sufferings of others, as to be disposed to alleviate them. This is given as an evidence of piety; and it is said that they who show mercy to others shall obtain it. The same sentiment is found in #Mt 10:42. Whosoever shall give a cup of cold water only unto one of these little ones, in the name of a disciple, shall not lose his reward. See also #Mt 25:34-40. It should be done to glorify God; that is, in obedience to his commandments, and with a desire that he should be honoured; and feeling that we are benefiting one of his creatures. Then he will regard it as done to him, and will reward us. See the sentiment of this verse, that the merciful shall obtain mercy, more fully expressed in #2Sa 22:26,27; [2Sa 22:26 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 thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.] and in #Ps 18:25,26. [Ps 18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.]

Nowhere do we imitate God more than in showing mercy. In nothing does God more delight than in the exercise of mercy, #Ex 34:6 Eze 33:11 #1Ti 2:4 2Pe 3:9. To us, guilty sinners; to us, wretched, dying, and exposed to eternal woe, he has shown his mercy by giving his Son to die for us; by expressing his willingness to pardon and save us; and by sending his Spirit to renew and sanctify the heart. Each day of our life, each hour, and each moment, we partake of his undeserved mercy. All the blessings we enjoy are proofs of his mercy. If we also show mercy to the poor, the wretched, the guilty, it shows that we are like God; we have his spirit, and shall not lose our reward. And we have abundant opportunity to do it. Our world is full of guilt and woe, which we may help to relieve; and every day of our lives we have opportunity by helping the poor and wretched, and by forgiving those who injure us, to show that we are like God. See Barnes "Mt 6:14".

"for they shall obtain mercy" #Ps 41:1,2.

The Meaning of Mercifulness – thus is...


At the very least, it is to show a very forbearing spirit toward someone undeserving of the act which means not returning offenses, but even beyond this it is giving what is unexpected and favorable in order to represent the high concern God has for His creation. THUS, as we show this treatment to others, God in turn shows the same toward us personally.



Write below how you can show this beatitude to someone today. Then look to see how God returned the similar treatment back toward you personally:

I will show mercy to ________________  by ________________________


I received mercy and favor from God in that _______________________________________...

Now Proceed to the Next Beatitude