Excerpt from “A Life Worth Following”
Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.”
To be a person who is merciful is to show mercy to others, whether they deserve it or not. Being merciful reveals the peace and happiness God bring to your life. You are called to be merciful with others because God has been incredibly merciful with you. Mercy will produce genuine happiness in your life, because it is of God. Grace and mercy are two important terms that need to be understood as you evaluate Scripture. Grace is a gift that you are given that you do not deserve; mercy is the act of overlooking the punishment that you do deserve. God has freely given you the fit of grace and has chosen to show you mercy. Therefore, happiness comes when you choose to be merciful toward others.
Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.”
To be a person who is pure in heart means that you are someone who is consistently asking God to clean up your life. A happy person is internally clean from sin. Many people struggle with sins that are secret. Happy people consistently own up to all sins in life, because those who do will experience God’s forgiveness firsthand.
Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.”
To be a peacemaker is to always try to make resolutions in conflict, which helps to build solid relationships, and also models for others how to have inner peace in life. So many people are living at odds with others, with no inner peace. Peace and happiness are only found in a real relationship with Jesus Christ; this is all possible because Jesus paid the price for you. He brought peace to you, and every time you bring peace to a relationship, you represent Jesus to the world. It is for this reason peacemakers are called sons of God.
First Baptist Church Owasso