Week 33 // Day 4: It’s Happiness Whatever the Weather

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Matthew 5:7-8

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 

Has anyone hurt you lately?

Happy are those who can forgive and show compassion even if those who hurt you deserve punishment.

Mercy means the ability to get right inside the other person’s skin until we can see things with his eyes, think things with his mind, and feel things with his feelings.

— William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible commentary

Mercy goes beyond feelings of pity and guilt.

Mercy moves from emotion to action. From sterility to sacrifice. From weeping to working on actually helping others in need. Not for your sake just so you can sleep at night, but for their sake.

Keep your heart merciful and pure.

Cleanness of heart brings clearness of vision. Sin befogs the vision.

The word pure here means unadulterated, free from alloy, sincere and without hypocrisy.”

— J. Oswald Sanders

A young employee secretly misappropriated several hundred dollars of his business firm’s money. When this action was discovered, the young man was told to report to the office of the senior partner of the firm. As he walked up the stairs toward the administrative office, the young employee was heavy-hearted. He knew without a doubt he would lose his position with the firm. He also feared the possibility of legal action taken against him. Seemingly his whole world had collapsed. Upon his arrival in the office of the senior executive the young man was questioned about the whole affair. He was asked if the allegations were true, and he answered in the affirmative. Then the executive surprisingly asked this question: “If I keep you in your present capacity, can I trust you in the future?” The young worker brightened up and said, “Yes, sir, you surely can. I’ve learned my lesson.” The executive responded, “I’m not going to press charges, and you can continue in your present responsibility.” The employer concluded the conversation with his younger employee by saying, “I think you ought to know, however, that you are the second man in this firm who succumbed to temptation and was shown leniency. I was the first. What you have done, I did. The mercy you are receiving, I received. It is only the grace of God that can keep us both.” (sermoncentral.com)

To be used by God to forgive and be a person of integrity.

This is real happiness.

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