The Beatitudes – Mercy and Purity

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“Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm,” as defined by the dictionary. For the Christian, we learn of mercy through the cross of Christ. Because of God’s compassion for us, He offered us the forgiveness of our sin with the shed blood of Christ instead of punishing us for them. Jesus sets the example for us to follow in how to be merciful. We are called to show mercy to all people as if we are showing the compassion to God Himself. We see this idea in Matthew 25:40; “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”

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The crowd listening to Christ would understand mercy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. In chapter 58, and the Book of Tobit, he gives us a picture of the works of mercy. They are:

1 Feed the Hungry
2 Give drink to the thirsty
3 Clothe the naked
4 Shelter the homeless
5 Comfort the imprisoned
6 Visit the sick
7 Bury the dead

Imagine how different our world might look if we all practiced mercy daily. Also, notice nothing is telling us to perform these works only for those who deserve it. Everyone needs us to be merciful. God will reward us by offering us mercy to the extent we showed mercy to others on judgment day.

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Acts of pure love are carried out without any ulterior motives. We seek to gain nothing when we act with a pure heart. I believe it is scarce for anyone to operate in such a way, without expecting something in return. I think of all the times I became upset because someone I helped did not even offer me a thank you. I wanted the mercy I gave to be recognized, so the deed was no longer done with a pure heart. The rarity of a pure heart comes with the greatest of rewards for accomplishing it; they will see God. When we review the Bible, the indication is that only a tiny number of people saw God and even in those situations, it is not clear if they did or did not. So the gift of “seeing God” gets attached to something that is difficult for any of us to accomplish.

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I loved the beautiful way Billy Graham described someone who is pure of heart. “The pure in heart are the only ones who can know what it means to be supremely happy. Their hearts are pure toward God and, as a result, are pure toward their fellowmen. They are happy because, in possessing Him who is All and in All, they envy no man’s worldly goods. They are happy because they envy not another man’s praise. Because they are the enemy of no man, they regard no man as their enemy. The result is peace with God and the world.” (https://billygraham.org/devotion/pure-in-heart/). Something for all of us to strive towards in our Christian walk.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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16 thoughts on “The Beatitudes – Mercy and Purity

  1. What a great post! I agree, the more my focus is on pleasing God, embracing His love for me, I am more merciful to others. His Spirit makes that possible in me, and my posture of humility before Him gives me the ability to let Him do His great work through me. 🙂 Thank you for this insight, Yvonne. 🙂

  2. Hi Yvonne! Thanks for this post. It is a good reminder to us all to keep mercy at the forefront of our daily lives. You mentioned that we got the idea of burying our dead from Isaiah 58, and when I went to read that chapter, I didn’t see it. Is it implied somehow? I was interested in that aspect because, frankly, I never realized that we get our traditional burial practices from the Bible. Anyway, if you could expound on where that idea is specifically, I would appreciate that. Thank you!

  3. Heather Hart

    Oh to be pure of heart! I know we all fall short of this, which makes me even more thankful for the gospel and Gods mercy towards us.

  4. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    I can definitely relate to the desire to be thanked when I show mercy. It’s funny how we think we deserve that. Thank you for this insight!

  5. Yvonne, I was so excited to read this next post in the series, so enjoying these. I love Billy Graham’s description of the pure in heart. And this is a powerful line from you, “For the Christian, we learn of mercy through the cross of Christ.” Amen! Although people don’t always extend mercy to each other, God always extends mercy to His children. Always!

  6. I can’t help but think how many of our current national conflicts involving refugees and those seeking asylum could be settled and solved, if only we understood mercy and were pure in heart. This is a great post for us all to consider today. Your series has been a blessing each week!

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