BEATITUDES – Week 5: Showing Mercy
Matthew 5:7; Matthew 18:21-35
Life Group Questions:
- Share a time from your life when you have been shown mercy. (The merciful are those who, because they do to others as they would want done to themselves and because they have experienced God’s merciful love, empathize and show compassion to others.)
- How have you seen Jesus’ teaching to be counter cultural to the trends of the world?
- How can you move from knowing what this Scripture (Matthew 5:7, Matthew 18:21-35) is telling us, to truly living what these passages are telling us?
- When have you been especially grateful for the mercy of God?
- What difference has the mercy of other people made in your life?
- How can we as a group pray for each other to live out this sermon?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7
- THOSE WHO SHOW MERCY WILL FIND IT.
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. – Matthew 18:21-27
- MERCY IS SOMETHING THAT WE CANNOT FULLY GIVE, UNLESS WE HAVE FIRST FULLY RECEIVED.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” – Matthew 18:28-35