“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7 NIV11)
QUESTION: What impact is the series having on your faith so far?
1. Old Covenant
hesed: steadfast love, Psalm 89.28
hanan: undeserved help, Psalm 103.8
raham: empathic love, Isaiah 13:18; 49:15; Psalm 18:1
God is ‘the Father of mercies’ – 2 Cor. 1:3; Ex. 34:6; Ne. 9:17; Pss. 86:15; 103:8–14; Joel 2:13; Jonah. 4:2.
2. New Covenant
- Salvation: Ephesians 2:4; Titus 3:5
- Jesus: John 11.33, 38
- Discipleship: Luke 6:36; Matthew 18:21ff; Colossians 3:12; James 2:13
“Grace answers to the undeserving, mercy answers to the miserable.”
QUESTION: What Biblical examples can you think of?
1 Samuel 15
QUESTION: What is the difference between patience and tolerance?
4. Living Mercifully
QUESTION: What does mercy look like in daily life?
How can we develop a merciful spirit?
QUESTION: How will this verse affect the way you live this week?
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