In the fifth beatitude, Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” As we become conduits of God’s mercy, we literally “practice being God.” That is an apt description for what mercy is, and how mercy acts. To be merciful means to have the same disposition that God has toward people: to think, to feel, and to act as God does with us. We are never more like God than when mercy freely flows from us, drenching others in the same love and kindness of God that has flooded our lives. As we will learn in this message that explores what God’s mercy is and what God’s mercy does, we will find that in acting like God, we become more like God; we become full of God, who is full of mercy.

Portland Christian Center
Heaven on Earth: Practice Being God