“Blessed are the merciful” – Q&A #6

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Question: How do we accept and use God’s grace and mercy?

Answer: Remember the previous Beatitude which began, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness”?  Grace is one of those qualities with which God feeds and nourishes us. But, we must be hungry for it!

In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for “our daily bread.” Mary Baker Eddy defines this as “grace.” She also tells us that “what we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in
patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” (S&H 4)

“When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace, obedience, and love.” (Mis. 127)

This grace that God feeds us is expressed in our lives, as Mrs. Eddy tells us, in more “patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” All of these qualities would be part of a merciful heart.

“Christians are commanded to grow in grace.” (Un. 206)

“One’s first lesson is to learn one’s self; having done this, one will naturally, through grace from God, forgive his brother and love his enemies.” (Mis. 129)

“Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.” (S&H 67)

Practice: Today, watch for opportunities to express “patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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