Teaching the Fifth Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks

Categories: Beatitudes

Read Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Qualities of "merciful:"

  • Recognizing a need and acting upon it
  • Being able to "walk in someone else's shoes"—thinking and feeling as that individual does
  • Loving and appreciating others because God is Love and man is His image and likeness
  • Loving unconditionally
  • Forgiving and forgetting—not holding something over someone's head
  • Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Qualities of "mercy:"

  • Compassion
  • Tenderness
  • Pardoning
  • Prosperity
  • Lovingly blessed
  • Reflection of love back to us as we love others.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 5

  • Happy are those who sincerely show their care and concern for others, for others will show care and concern for them.
  • Happy are those who always praise the good thoughts and actions of others, for they will be praised rather than criticized for their thoughts and actions.

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    • Appreciate everyone else for the good they express.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.