Monthly Archives: February 2015

Blessed are the merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy

– Matthew 5:7

I wanted to add my voice to the discussion of mercy, racial reconciliation and how those with much can seek to use that to the glory of God. I hear a lot about restitution, and wealth redistribution. I read much instruction that we should engage in underprivileged communities and how amazing those who do these things are. From a Christian perspective I feel that there might be a bit of silence as to the motive. What is the motive for showing mercy or being merciful? I would like to share something that might start some people thinking.

This is the transcript

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!

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.

You can download the entire album by Beautiful Eulogy here and listen to the full sermon by Art Azurdia here

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