Mercy! (Matthew 5:7)

Do you recall  the saying, “What goes around, comes around.” That is very much like this verse here in Matthew 5:7.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

This verse can also be read as, “Blessed and happy are those who are compassionate for others because you will receive and be shown compassion in return.”

I want to share with a scripture that we find hard to swallow and put conditions on it with certain people and circumstances, but Jesus says something differently.

Luke 6:27-38 (KJV
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  

Now here is a story form of this scripture fromthe Message: (Luke 6:27-38) “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person.If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that.If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.”I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst.Our Father is kind; you be kind.”Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Wow! it puts it in a bit more of a perspective. King James, had sting to it, then reading it in “my” kind of “plain english” is a bit harsher. It is sad to say we do behave in these manners toward different one. We tend to pick and choose to whom we will love and be kind to. We wear different faces and attitudes with different people also. Jesus tells us here not to live, behave and act like the natural, ungodly man or woman. Don’t be a pretender. If you behave one way with one type of person and another with someone else, you are a pretender. God doesn’t want us to be pretenders. People see right through it all. What you dish out to one is what is going to be dished out to you….it may not be as pleasant as you tried to make in your attempts.

Ephesians Chapter 4 is a good explanation of this verse. Here are a few verse from that chapter:

Ephesians 4:1
….beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Ephesians 4:2-3
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 Ephesians 4:11-12 
11 And he gave some…. 12 For the perfecting of the saints…..for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Ephesians 4:14-16
14 …. be no more children…..15  ….speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:22-24
22….ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:26-27
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.  

 Ephesians 4:29-32 (Amplified) (The Amplified seemed to explain these verses a bit better than I think I could have.)
29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). 31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). 32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

I said a few verses, guess I should have put the complete chapter here to read…..

 Here, we have read and seen how we are to conduct ourselves. Mercy, compassion, is running through and through these verses. Forgiveness is compassion. It is not holding on to another’s eer. Speaking to and treating ones with honor and respect is being merciful and compassionate. It doesn’t matter if one deserves compassion or not or the respect. We did NOT deserve the compassion and mercies of Christ.

If we choose to disregard these instructions of God, we grieve the Holy Spirit. We bring sorrow and heaviness to the Spirit of the Lord. Let us recall a time we were made sorry and ached in our hearts deeply by watching the actions of another and we could not do a thing about it…free will and choice. This is what takes place in the very Spirit of God….the Holy Spirit has been greived….He has been hurt by our actions.

Being kind is showing mercy. It is not a choice to be kind, compassionate and merciful, but a command of our Lord Jesus. We may or may not experience mercy as we would like to “see” it. Stop looking at this mercy as a “thing” deserved, but about what the Lord is doing with what you have done out of obedience. He will show you the mercy you need to receive. God is a very merciful God. (Duet. 4:31; Psa. 37:26; Joel 2:13, just to name a few.) 

 Trusting you to experience the fullness of God’s mercy for you as you show it to others. Let not yourselves grow weary, for God’s grace surrounds you as His hope is a beacon in your journey. God bless you. 

 

*Note : the illistration is used by permission by Mike Waters; The Joyful ‘toons – www.joyfultoons.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why are those that hunger and thirst blessed? (Mat. 5:6)

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

How many times do we (I) go to he fridge to feed the face and yet still hungry, not full? So what is the problem?

I (we) am feasting on the wrong fillers. We all get physically hungry and we need to eat real food. If we deprive our natural bodies of its nourishment it will become sick. There are times we are so ravenous we raid the fridge, cupboard, and all in between. We may feel physically stuff, yet we still have that hungry felling. Maybe we need more fluids. So we drink a gallon of water and walk down the hall and hear it all sloshing back and forth in our bellies. As it all sloshes around and it all becomes so weighty within our bellies and we can’t believe we ate all we did and are absolutely miserable, we crash in our bloated misery. Ugh!

Why did I do this to myself we may say. Here is why!

We (I) are feeding the wrong craving.

Instead of going back to the I, we scenario, I will use the “we” pronoun, so this includes me in it as well, because many, if not all of us have been in this boat of feeding frenzies. Oh how the Lord knows how many times I’ve been down this frenzy road more than “I” would care to remember. I am so grateful for His grace and hope, I would be so destitute and alone, but praise Jesus, I am not nor are you. Amen! …..followed by many others to say, ” Amen!”

What a dumb analogy, but it is so true.

Enter into His grace and you will see His hope.

It amazes me the prescriptions God has for us. We  all run around trying to find what will make us happy and all the while it is one solitary Book and the Life to which it holds.

We want to be blessed and happy, here is the antidote or our frenzies of life.

The Lord desires a happy and blessed people, He wants us “supremely blest” and “most fortunate”.

Yes that is another part of the word blessed, not only happy, but supremely blest and most fortunate.

 How can we look at one’s self as “most fortunate.” First and last, we are the Lords…should be end of question. But if not, going back and remember His great love for you…you should not have to jog your memory too hard to remember yesterdays victories and His great joy and peace that has engulfed you by His grace and hope given you.

Naturally speaking we get hungry several times a day and thirsty MANY times during day. As  we get hungry or thirsty we give to that desire. If we are hungry we go to the fridge, get sandwich makin’s and eat the sandwich. When thirst strikes we get a glass and head for the faucet or pour a glass of cold tea or maybe a soda (or pop, depending on where you’re from, we say soda in our house). Nevertheless, we have a desire and we quench that desire for our thirst. Hunger and thirst are natural desires we are quick to satisfy.

But this is speaking of a spiritual hunger and thirst. What is it we hunger and thirst after? What is it we do to help quench this desire in our spirit? We try to feed these desires, but on what? Here in this scripture it says we are to feed upon righteousness. Righteousness is something I thought Jesus gave us when we accepted Him as Savior. Didn’t He give us righteous, His righteousness as we accepted His death and life for our sin? Oh yes He did! But…but, to hunger and thirst after righteousness is something entirely different.

We need to remember these different “characteristics”, if you will, are things that we are to do on a continual, daily basis. This is a lifestyle of putting on Christ daily. Righteousness is to be just, right and holy. Am I feeding off the holiness of Jesus; from His word, and spend time with Him in prayer so that I may know His desire for me?

I think of three particular women, forgive me fellas, there are a few men that come to mind also….Like Abraham, he put up with a lot and so did Moses. Then there was Joesph and Daniel, two faithful prisoners, that did nothing nwrong….and many others.

One is Ruth, from the Old Testament. She is one of my favorite people. I look forward to meeting her one day. This woman gave up all she had; all that was near and dear to her. For what? A new and better life! She sacrificed her wants, desires and comforts for those of Naomi. Ruth obeyed every word spoken to her and she was ALWAYS blessed for it. She heard  a word given her and she obeyed without question. This was her righteousness, her obiedence  and diligence to carry out what was required of her….and so is ours. Ruth is in the line of David, therefore the lineage of Jesus. What a blessing!!!!

Second, there is Mary, Martha’s sister. I feel for Martha many times, I tend to be like her. but Mary chose that good part that would not be taken away from her. She sat, listened and learned at the feet of Jesus. What He had to say was far more important to her then any other thing around her. (Luke 10:38-42) –(Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen  that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.) Mary was experiencing and being feed the Righteous to God through the words of Jesus.

The third is the woman of Samaria, the beautiful hearted woman Jesus met at the well. (John 4:4-42) Why do I call her a beautiful hearted woman, because of the transformation that took place there at the well as she spoke with the Son of God. What an experience to speak to the Living Son of God. The One that told her all things, even things she would just as soon keep  hidden. Jesus want more from her then a drink of water, but a changed life and heart. The conversation that went on between the two of them was life altering for her. She came face to face with righteousness there on the spot. As she listened she saw, and recognized Who this man was, just not a Jew, but the Messiah. The Messiah, Christ, the anointed One that has come to save. Jesus was promising her and all that drank of the water He was able to give they would no longer thirst. NO LONGER THIRST….OH FOR HEAVEN SAKE… I could just about hear her say. But that is what He offered and possessed for her and all that would partake of this living water. 

She was drinking of the water of His word. Her thirst was being quenched.

There was something else Jesus offered also, meat. Food to satisfy hunger pains. The meat spoke of was to do the will of the Father. God has a will for us. He has a job for us. As He look round there was a great harvest, today it is not any different…..Don’t stand idly by and think God has nothing for you to do! This woman didn’t! It was because of her testimony, runnning back home, telling everyone what took place, many came to know Jesus AND He stayed with them for two days. The people listened to Him…they were hungry, thirsty and were being satisfied!

Not only is this speaking of spreading the Gospel and souls being won over to Christ, but so much more. Your life is a great example of Christ to others. The Bible says to visit the widows and orphans. How many of these do we have in our society today. Where we live! Lonely people! Children without one or both parents. It is sad in today society we, adults in particular, need to be so careful when it comes to talking to and try to help children…I trust you understand what I mean here. It is a shame! Your neighbor may need some help with yard work or other repairs. Someone down the street or in YOUR church is sick and may need some meals taken to them. I am so surprised to learn how little of this type of help for others is falling by the wayside. Churches are slowly leaving their own to do for themselves when we ought to be at their aid. How about those kids that think they are so tough….greatest farce for many of them. They do this because no one else will give them the time of day. If we don’t have our work cut out for us today, then we are just as lost as they are, but in our own selfishness, this is worse. We ought to know better….

When we come to a place to let ourselves be filled and overflowing by the Word of God and be obedient to go where God has asked us to go and do it, then are we being filled with Jesus, the One who satisfies. As we obey His Word and His work for our lives we become full….full of the love of Christ and then the righteousness of Christ is evident in one’s life.

We obey through God’s grace and we do His work by the hope that we have in Him.

God bless you and may you find the fullness of His grace as you live in His hope.

Blessed are the meek….Matthew 5:5

My oh, my goodness, where have the days anad weeks and months gone.

Good day, it is so good to be back with you. There are still many family difficulties going on, but I need to take the time and stay with this study in Matthew 5 and the Beatitudes.

I have always thought it strange for this passage, called the “Beatitudes”.

Happy and blessed are the meek. by Candy Clonts

First of all the list, if you will, that Jesus is giving us here in these verses are ATTITUDES that are to BE a way of life ro us. These are attributes that the Lord displays and lives to show us how we ought to live. So in my way of thinking we need to allow the ATTITUDES BE in us also, aka, the ‘BEATITUDES”. It my seem a bit corny, but it works for me to understand it.

Matthew 5:5 
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Meekness is an attitude that can only be worked in us by a relationship with Jesus.

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

We are to take the yoke of Christ upon our self so that we can learn of Him. We are to learn of His very character, and that is a meek, gentle and quiet spirit. that yoke means to join up with, to couple with as in servitude. Jesus was a servant to mankind. Are we wiling to serve others with humility, not thinking about self, but the one you are serving and what is important to them. We always, as human beings put our needs before the needs of others. It is natural and satans way of thinking, not Gods.

This way of life only comes by joining up with Jesus and learning His very character.

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

We need to get rid of and do away with all that is going to lift its ugly head against what the Lord has for us and desires of us. These things of the flesh draw  us away from the Lord and our hearts desire is to draw closer to Him, so let us get rid of every thing that resembles the acts of the flesh…the things that draw and lead us away for Him.

So how do we do this….

Romans 13:14 
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Col. 3:12)

Only by putting on Christ are we able to against our fleshly desires and wants. Just as we put on our clothing each morning,, in like manner we are to “put on Christ”. We get into His word, pray and meditate on Him and what we have read. God’s word is what washes our hearts and minds.

Ephesians 5:26
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

It is the word of God that cleanses us. God’s word is what will create in us His way of life and His attitudes and character of life.

 Romans 13:11-14 (Amplified Bible
Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah). 12 The night is far gone and the day is almost here. Let us then drop (put off, fling away) the works and deeds of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. 13 Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).

Only the meek, humble, gentle servant will want to put on Christ and put off the ways of this world.

In Numbers 12:3, that Moses was very meek above all other men. Why? He had a relationship with God.

Some may think meekness is weakness. Oh my! just the opposite. Take a look at Mores or the Lord Jesus. They were both meek, not weak. Meek in Spirit and weak in flesh. Meek and lowly in their self-sufficiency. Thier weakness was not in the Spirit of the Lord. Can you see the difference. Strong men and women in the faith, that are led by the Spirit of God are meek not proud and haughty in self.

Meekness comes through obedience to the Lord and His word. 

1 Peter 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned (sincere, without hypocrisy) love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently (with intent, without ceasing):

These meek will inherit the earth. But not as one may think to inherit a possession.

Israel inherited the earth by their obedience, and Israel will once again inherit the earth that God has promised, but this is different.

How?

The earth speaks of land, as Israel was told in Gen. 15:7, 8, 18-21; Num. 34; Duet. 11:23-25; Joshua 1:3-4, and others. 

The earth also speaks of producing fruit. Through our obedience to the Spirit we produce spiritual fruit while we are still here on earth. Our true reward is when the Lord Jesus comes to catch His people away to His heavenly kingdom. But for now, through our obedience as we give ourselves to Christ we are blessed with spiritual blessing. These spiritual blessing are what we experience every day as we yield our lives to the Lord. Such as, just to name a few: joy, peace, love, patience, seeking ones come to Christ as Savior, people growing and desiring more of a relationship with Christ, longsuffering, confession, reconciliation…and oh so much more as one yields their life unto the Lord.

May the grace and hope we have in Christ Jesus encourage and strengthen you day by day as you yield your life to Him; as you and I deny ourselves of all earthly desires so that we may please our Lord and coming King and Bridegroom.

I love you and I am so glad to be back with you all. I thank you all for prayers during my absence. God has truly blessed and delivered my family and myself in so many way these past months. I praise Him and give Him all the honor and glory for His hand at work in us. He is my hope!