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The Inward Attitudes of a True Disciple is our theme for the next few Sunday mornings.

This series is based on the Beatitudes, found in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.

The Beatitudes vividly set forth the inward spiritual characteristics of those who are ideal citizens of the kingdom of God. 

Only when we are right in our inward attitudes can we be right in our outward conduct.

Today we are discussing, As I Had Mercy on You.

The parable of the unmerciful servant illustrates in reverse the truth of the beatitude “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

To the debtor to whom the king would have forgiven all of his enormous debt, had he in turn been willing to forgive his fellow servant a small sum, the king said, Matthew 18:32-33, Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’

“Even as I had pity, or mercy, on you” this is the moral of this parable, and in substance it may be paraphrased like this, “Woe to the unmerciful, for they shall not receive the mercy of God.”

This is exactly the opposite of tonight’s beatitude.

This is a law of the moral realm that never fails and for which there is no appeal.

It is an absolute in the kingdom of God.

If God’s mercy is not awakened in our hearts some sense of mercy toward our fellow humans, we should not deceive ourselves by thinking we have received God’s mercy, for we haven’t.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

Three things about this beatitude demand our attention.

Each one can be stated in one word.

Until next time

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