Beatitude Series # 5
Eric A. Snyder, Minister, Farwell Church of Christ
Matt 5:7 Blessed are the Merciful for they will be shown mercy
Original date May 8, 1999
Revised May 27, 2001
Mandates of Mercy
A time to kill John Grisham
Mississippi late 1980’s, young black girl 10 years old.
Carl Lee Haley Lawyer “what would you do”?
We’ve all been sinned against; we’ve all been wronged
What will you do Will it be a time to kill or a time of forgiveness
One thing that separates God’s people, it how they respond to sin Specifically being sinned against
Like every thing else that Christ teaches in his Sermon on the Mount, the principal that Jesus brings up here is unnatural to us. It takes work and discipline to accomplish
In these beatitudes Jesus understands two things about human nature
1. Our attitude determines our approach to life –
The guy with limburger cheese in his moustache “the whole worls stinks”
You decide how successful you will be
By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz
Jerry was the kind of guy who was unpleasantly positive. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say.
He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed Him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood." I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."
"Yeah, right, it’s not that easy," I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life."
I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him.
Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.