Blessed Are the Merciful

This year for Epiphany my congregation is teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. Part of the Sermon on the Mount is the teaching of the Beatitudes. The “Blessed are…” Jesus uses throughout this part of his teaching.Full Book Cover

Our high school youth are using The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition for our study on Sunday nights. This book is a great resource for those looking to put Jesus’ words into action on a weekly basis. Each week we tackle a different beatitude and use the book as a conversation starter to what Jesus was talking about. Jesus was talking about building the Kingdom of God here on earth, until he returns to restore it fully. There are things we can do, we can love those around us and The Beatitudes help us see what that looks like. The Kingdom Experiment: Youth Edition helps create space for youth to enter into what Jesus is teaching in a tangible way!

So far the discussion and experiment reporting has been interesting to hear. From one girl sleeping on the floor for a week, to another giving it a try for a night, we are seeing God work within these youth, God is using their hands for God’s work!

[Unfortunately the company who originally published the book no longer carries it on their website. (But they have some other awesome resources to check out: The House Studio).]

In a couple of weeks we will be studying Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”. This brought to mind a track from a group Beautiful Eulogy. It features pastor Art Arzurdia and is a passionate display of what mercy from God is and how we respond to that mercy in loving and caring for those around us.

Beautiful Eulogy – Blessed Are The Merciful ft Art Arzurdia

Are you merciful? Why?
Because Jesus healed the sick,
because Jesus fed the multitudes,
because Jesus gave legs to the crippled,
because Jesus granted sight to the blind,
because Jesus opened the ears of the deaf,
because Jesus found prostitutes and tax collectors and drew them into the sphere of His love.
Because Jesus touched the untouchable,
and loved the unlovable,
and forgave the unforgivable,
and welcomed the undesirable.
Because Jesus even now saves the otherwise unsavable, why!?
Because they deserve it!?
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
He saved us NOT because of works done in righteousness,
NOT because we met Him halfway,
NOT because we took the proper steps forward,
and in good faith have elevated ourselves to the place of the deserving poor,
but according to His MERCY!

The evidence of God’s mercy in your life isn’t determined by how much theology you know,
by how many books you read,
but by your active goodness to people in misery and in need!

We are here because Jesus Christ didn’t say with cold indifference,
“Give them what they deserve, they brought it on themselves!”
Jesus Christ IS the Mercy of God!
And seeing us in our misery and need,
He doesn’t just feel for us,
He takes the necessary action to relieve our distress.
He leaves the eternal glory of heaven and the perfect fellowship of the Trinity.
He condescends to us,
lives among us,
suffers like us,
dies for us!
Do you understand this!?
Have YOU experienced this!?
How then is it possible to EXPERIENCE it and not DISPLAY it!?
IT ISN’T POSSIBLE!!!
YOU HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED IT IF YOU DON’T DISPLAY IT!!
The evidence of God’s mercy in your life isn’t determined by how much theology you know,
by how many books you read,
but by your active goodness to people in misery and in need!

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

How are you being active in your goodness to people in misery and in need?

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