The Merciful

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 205 - Matthew 5:7 - The Merciful- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 205 – Matthew 5:7 – The Merciful- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NIV) 

Mercy

You have given me an example to follow. What example have I given to you to follow? Well, you have given me many examples to follow, but I have one in mind right now. You have been merciful to me. You have given to me what I have not deserved. What’s that? You have given to me your forgiveness of my sin and cleansing of my righteousness. You have given to me your love and care. You have given to me your help and encouragement. You have given to me your kindness and love. None of these have you have given to me in small measures. You have lavished with your kindness and love. You have surrounded me with your love and care. You have given me your complete forgiveness and cleansing. You have restored me to a new and intimate relationship with you. You have adopted me into your family. You have made me to be your child. You have filled me with a passionate desire to be like you in all that I think, say and do. That is very good. Yes, it is.

You are a generous giver. So, I want to be a generous giver. There is no limit to your kindness and mercy and love. So, I want your kindness and mercy and love to flow in me and through me to others. What you have generously given to me, I want to generously give to others. Isn’t that the way it should be? Aren’t your blessings meant to be passed on to others? Yes, I have richly blessed your life. Yes, I want you to richly bless the lives of others. What I have freely given to you, I want you to freely give to others. So, I am on the right track. I have the right desire in me. Yes, you have the right desire in you. Yes, you are on the right track. Your desire to generously give kindness and mercy and love to others definitely comes from me.

What will happen as you give my kindness, mercy and love to others? Others will be drawn to you. Others will want to give their lives to you. Others will want to become your followers. Why is that? They will have seen your life being lived out in and through me. I will be a witness for you in the world. Yes, that is true. Is that what you desire? Yes Lord, above all else, I want to be used by you. I want to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. That is very good. Help me to be kind and loving and merciful to others, just as you have been and continue to be to me. You will have my help. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, you have generously shown me your mercy. You have forgiven all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. I want to be like you. Help me to generously give mercy to others. Help me to love and care for others just as you have loved and cared for me. Amen

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Shown Mercy

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Matthew 5:7 - Shown Mercy - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Matthew 5:7 – Shown Mercy – Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NIV) 

Merciful

I want to be like you. I want to live like you lived. I want to go where you went. I want to do what you did. What exactly do you have in mind? That is a good question. I want to have your heart and mind. I want to love others like you loved. I want to think your thoughts. I want to know and do your will. You have shown me your kindness, mercy and love. I know that it is your will that I become like you. I know that you want me to do what you did. I know you want me to go where you went. I know that you want me to become like you. So, I am telling you that I want what you want. That is very good.

What will you do with those who have hurt and harmed you? How will you respond to those who are less fortunate than you? What attitude will you have to those who are feeble and weak? How will you act toward those who are full of pride and arrogance? How will you relate to those who are self-indulgent, self-sufficient and self-centered? Those are all good questions. Each one of those questions places a test before me. In every case, I will need to affirm my commitment and desire to live like you lived and do what you did. That’s right. Without your help, I would not pass these tests. I cannot love like you loved without your love living in me. I would not be able to show others your mercy without being grateful and thankful for the mercy that you have shown to me. I have not earned your forgiveness. I do not merit your love. You have shown me your kindness, mercy and love even though I have certainly not deserved it. You have not shown me your anger and judgement even though I have deserved it. I am thankful. I am grateful. I know that I love you because you first loved me. Oftentimes, you have used others to show me your love. Your kindness, mercy and love overflowed others’ lives and allowed them to be a witness in the world for you. I am someone else’s fruit. I came to you partly through you living in and through the lives of others. Yes, you did. Well, that’s exactly how I want you to use me. I want your kindness, mercy and love to flow through me, so that others can be drawn to you. Help me to be merciful to others just as you have been and continue to be merciful to me. That is a very good prayer that I will certainly hear and answer.

Lord, you have shown me your kindness, mercy and love. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. You have not given me what I deserved. You have given me what I did not deserve. Help me now to show your abundant mercy to others. Amen

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