Jesus begins his most famous of Sermons by painting a picture of the character of a Christ Follower in what we call the Beatitudes. It is a great description of who a Christian should be when they submit themselves completely to the control of the Holy Spirit. The first 4 of these character traits all deal with the relationship between a follower of Christ and God. The next four are the natural outflow of the first four and relate to how we interact with those around us. The first of those four is being Merciful and in an interesting twist, the promise for the merciful is the same as the action, "Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive Mercy".
Sadly, many in the church misunderstand this promise to mean that they can earn God's mercy by showing others mercy. Not only will this thinking not produce mercy, it robs the believer of the joy, peace and blessings that come from trusting in God's grace and in His loving and merciful nature. Join us as we examine and strive to unde