Text: Matthew 5:10-12 Why the Sermon on the Mount?
Jesus was sharing with the crowds a revolutionary conception of reality. He taught that the experiences of humanity, including persecution, are not events to
be feared or avoided, but rather accepted
with peace of mind and a joyful spirit as
a Kingdom citizen. Persecution may come in various forms, such as being… Reproached Harassed Ridiculed Insulted Disparaged Reviled Mocked Impugned Pu
Text: Matthew 5:7 Mercy Defined To help the afflicted To bring help to the wretched To show compassion To show forbearance to an offender who may not deserve the kindness Mercy Dealt Mercy is the option of the one in power Mercy is the option of the one who has been offended Mercy is the choice to dismiss the offense and to forego the punitive consequences Mercy is the choice to preserve fellowship rather than punish offender