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Devotional: ‘God is Merciful’ pt. 1

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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

It is unfortunate, but sometimes Christians lose sight of the importance of mercy. Too often, in our effort to be pure, we become proud and judgmental. More than one Christian has fallen into the same trap as the Pharisee who stood and prayed – ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people…’ (Luke 19:11) We sometimes get in our heads that God loves us because of who we are and what we do. Yet, the Bible tells us that our salvation is based solely upon the fact that God is merciful and gracious. (Titus 3:5)

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Devotional: ‘It Wouldn’t be Mercy If We Deserved It’

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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

It is said that a mother once approached Napoleon to plead for her son to be pardoned. Napoleon informed the mother that her son had committed a certain crime, not once but twice, and that he deserved to die for justice to be done. “But I’m not asking for justice,” the mother cried. “I’m pleading for mercy.” “But your son doesn’t deserve mercy,” Napoleon said to her. “It would not be mercy if he deserved it,” said the mother. Her words penetrated deep into Napoleon and he replied, “Well, then, I will have mercy,” and he spared her son.

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Devotional: ‘Learning to Be Meek’

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 

As I have spent a great deal of time studying about meekness, I have found myself asking – “How can I become meeker in my disposition? How can I become someone who is under control and never out of control?” More than once I have prayed to God and asked Him for His help in this area of my life. Today I would like to share with you three important principles about developing biblical meekness.

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Devotional: ‘The Value of Meekness’

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Many Bible teachers define meekness to be ‘power under control.’ An example of meekness is a stallion that has been tamed to ride. The word meekness can also refer to a medicine that brings healing. It also speaks of a gentle breeze that provides refreshment. In each of these cases, we see the great benefit of power that is “under control” versus power that is “out of control.” An overdose of medicine can kill us. Too great of a wind can cause great damage. A horse that has never been tamed is unusable. But once each of these great powers is brought under proper control, they can become very valuable. Today let’s consider some of the ways a meek spirit is valuable to the kingdom of heaven.

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