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Blessed are the Merciful | Part 5
Dan Kimball | [email protected]
The Greek word used for “mercy” and “merciful” is eleeo or eleemon, from eleos.
It means to have compassion or show pity to another who is in deep need.
If we are a Christian, our salvation is an act of God’s mercy:
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
“In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
For those who are Christians, who were those who were involved in your coming to know Jesus to receive His mercy?
If you are a Christian, whose mat are you carrying now?