Throughout the past several months, God has been so gracious in directing each of us (His beloved Church) toward what love really looks like. This is for us, and also for us to show others. God has given us the secrets to the Kingdom of God, and He is showing us how to become more like Him. The Church is being brought into the true light in order for us to also be a reflection of His light.
In the messages we have been given, God has taken us back to the foundational teachings of the Beattitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. Personally, I'm afraid we have allowed the term "...attitude" to direct us away from how we should truly treat these passages. These are not just good ways to live by, but are directing guides and commands from God in order to show this world what is required of us. Yes the word "blessed" gives each of us hope in knowing how God feels for each of these "attitudes", but we are truly only blessed when we take action on the command. And, the action is a blessing for us and a blessing to this world. This is shown directly after the Be-commands (aka. Beattitudes) when Jesus immediately tells us “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." (Matthew 5:14-15).
So, as we travel back to the foundation of the Be-Commands, we see that we are to be merciful unto this world, for we will receive mercy. Let's look at our heavenly example for confirmation in this passage. In Matthew chapter 9, we see Jesus reclining at a table in a house and tax collectors and sinners joining him, and they were reclining as well. When the Pharisees (the religious leaders of that day) saw this, they questioned the disciples of Jesus as to why he was not only associating with these "dogs", but also reclining at table with them. Having fellowship and community with them. When Jesus heard this, he responded by telling the Pharisees that the well need no physicians, only the sick. And then he states, "Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matthew 9:13). God truly desires mercy over sacrifice. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
There we have it Church, God is asking us to love like He loves ... a task that is truly impossible for us in ourselves, but if we ask/seek/knock for His Spirit ... He will fill us with His Spirit. Praise God! We must be willing to get out of the way and let Him who holds the world in His hands to do it all. We must be crucified with Christ, living, not us but Christ that is living and moving within us. By doing this, we can then truly live our lives by and say ...
WE DESIRE MERCY, AND NOT SACRIFICE!
By: Heath Brown