Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:7) #BEDA 2018




In the last post on this chapter we outlined that the need to importance of striving for righteousness. Today we will look at the what is mercy and the result of showing mercy.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Matthew 5:7

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."  Galatians 6:7

To get we must be willing to give. Whether we choose not to or not we will see the consequence. The previous statement is not limited to that which is monetary but our character.  
 "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 

Proverbs 11:25 

The verse denotes, a selfless act will result in a selfless act.

Thus far it has been noted all that we do has a reciprocal effect. For ever action there is a reaction. Such ideology is not limited to  that which is upright to but also that which is corrupt.
 "He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live." Proverbs 15:27 The verse outlines the idea of reciprocity and an example of its cancerous effect in relation to greed. Greed is not just a private act but potentially impacts others.
If we look at the focused text (Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Matthew 5:8) we see that the theme of reciprocity is evidenced here. Mercy to others resulted in receiving mercy. 
Who are the merciful?
“The merciful are "partakers of the divine nature," and in them the compassionate love of God finds expression. All whose hearts are in sympathy with the heart of Infinite Love will seek to reclaim and not to condemn. Christ dwelling in the soul is a spring that never runs dry. Where He abides, there will be an overflowing of beneficence…” White, 2004 p.32
“The merciful are "partakers of the divine nature," and in them the compassionate love of God finds expression. All whose hearts are in sympathy with the heart of Infinite Love will seek to reclaim and not to condemn. Christ dwelling in the soul is a spring that never runs dry. Where He abides, there will be an overflowing of beneficence.” Ibid p.33

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