Mathew 5:7, Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy. In the worldview we live in today there can be a take no prisoner attitude or mentality meaning that only the strong will survive while the week will fail, there can be no mercy given. Wilkens explains mercy, “Mercy is a central biblical theme, because in God’s great mercy he does not give humans what they deserve; rather, He gives to them what they do not deserve…likewise, the merciful are those who demonstrate forgiveness toward the guilty and kindness for the hurting and needy.” God in his great mercy for us sent his Son to pay the price for our sins (John 3:16-17). Being merciful towards other and forgiving them along with showing compassion to the ones who are hurting and in need is something we should all aspire to do as Christ did this for us.
Being merciful and kind to others is not something we do to hopefully receive favors from God or to try and earn our way to heaven, we do this because God changes our heart and give us compassion for people. One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone when we know they were wrong, but Christ can help us to learn to be merciful (Micah 6:8) tell us what God requires us to do, to have a spiritual commitment of our heart to God which would ensue right behavior. Mathew 22:37-39 explains the great commandment and the second one like it of loving God with all our hearts, soul, and mind as well as loving our neighbors as ourselves. This helps us remember when we feel like not forgiving others or not showing them mercy, that we are in need of God’s mercy and were many times needing other people to show us kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and mercy. God tells us in (Exodus 34:6) that He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy, to show mercy to someone and to show and give forgiveness to others who wrong to us can in turn cause them to show forgiveness and compassion towards others and as we know God’s mercy we then can understand how much He loves us and how we can receive His most precious gift (Romans 10:9-13), Eternal life with Him. Next time we will look at (Mathew 5:8) Beatitude 6, Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
God bless you,