Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7
Have you ever had an opportunity to really cause someone problems because of something they did or said, but decided that you wouldn’t take any action against them? That’s an example of mercy. Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
The topic mercy is the fifth beatitude given during the sermon on the mount. In a society where we are interacting very closely together, I believe having mercy toward each other is crucial. We’re all wired differently, therefore there are some qualities of another’s personality that can rub us the wrong way. So it would be a very good idea to show mercy in these situations because the fruit of doing so benefit everyone involved in a particular situation.
Jesus expresses the importance of mercy when dealing with each other. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus said we need to forgive other people when they do something to us because we need to be forgiven when we sin against God. He said if we don’t forgive others for what they did against us, then God won’t forgive us of our sins. And we all need to be forgiven and experience God’s wonderful mercy.
There are other ways to be merciful. In Psalm 41:1, David says:
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
There are many poor people in the world, both spiritually and naturally. We are blessed when we consider their needs and do what we can to help and comfort them. Can you imagine what it would be like if those in authority would grasp this one beatitude? Omesiphorus extended mercy to the Apostle Paul when he ministered to him while he was imprisoned in Ephesus (2 Timothy 1:16-18) and the result is he and his household will receive wonderful mercy from the Lord.
Jesus makes it clear that His disciples are to be merciful towards others. The reward is great and God won’t forget what you do for others. Remember. Whatever we do for the least in this world, we’re doing it as if it were Jesus Himself.
From Matthew 25:34-41 – 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Lord, our Righteous God. Thank you for extending mercy to us when we fall short of your glory. I pray for these articles be helpful to someone who has a desire to know you and for those who know you. I pray we will allow you to change our hearts so that you will know us in the coming end of this world. – Amen.