Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with what are called “The Beatitudes.” As a whole, The Beatitudes help us understand the nature of God’s kingdom and challenge us to live as kingdom citizens. You can read an article about The Beatitudes on the site. Each of the beatitudes points to some aspect of the kingdom that God’s people should pursue.
Mercy (Matt. 5:7), not self-preservation, should be the hallmark of those who desire mercy. When you’re at “the mercy” of a foreign power, you wish to be “shown mercy.” But, if you are given the chance to turn the tables, will you show mercy? Showing mercy to the Romans would not be the thing Jesus’ hearers would want to do if they suddenly found themselves in power. But mercy, not domination, is the way of God’s kingdom.
“The Merciful” Beatitudes Coloring Page will help remind kids that mercy will characterize those follow Jesus.
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