Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is an amazing word. Dictionary.com defines it as
1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity,
2.the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing
3.the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.
4. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.
5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing.
Once again Jesus is telling us to be kind, to forgive.
What greater example could he set for this then the day he died on the cross?
Easter is coming, by the way. 😉
He showed us Mercy, divine favor, compassion, and pardon by dying for our sins.
He even showed instant mercy to the men who nailed him to the cross, the ones who were gambling for his clothes and were physically harming him at the moment. He showed them mercy with a prayer. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
How many of us would have that kind of strength to pray for forgiveness for the person hurting us, in the moment?
I think we often forget the absolute beauty of pure, unconditional love that is shown in this moment.
Really ponder on that, ensure you have a clear picture of that. That should change you from the inside out.
The second half of the verse, as with all the beatitudes is our reward for obeying Jesus commands.
First the reward on earth should be obvious, when you show others mercy you are avoiding the guilt that will come to you later, for not showing them mercy.
Therefore, as with all rewards, it helps you lead a more peaceful life here on earth.
The heavenly reword is far more amazing, for when we show mercy to our fellow humans, them we are shown mercy by God himself.
Let that really sink in.
How many commandments have you broken?
How many sins have you committed?
Not a lot?
Eh, probably far more than you realize.
How many times have you said God and you weren’t actually talking to Him? That’s taking the Lords name in vain. That’s the third commandment.
How many times have you felt a jealous because a friend, neighbor or enemy seems to have it more together than you. See you don’t have to covet a material item, you can covet a lifestyle. That’s the tenth commandment.
How often do you choose to watch football (insert any hobby) OVER going to church or spending time with God? That’s the first commandment.
How often do you ensure that you keep the Sabbath holy? That doesn’t mean going to church, it means taking extra vigilance with your mind, heart and body. That’s commandment number four.
I think I’ve made my point.
Jesus, in His teachings, explained the commandments in more detail. It’s not just what we do in the physical realm that is a sin but rather the thoughts of our heart and mind.
Yet EVEN through all of this God will show us mercy.
That is what is so profound!
He knows everything, every moment of your life, every breath you take and every thought in your head.
There’s nothing you can hide from Him and yet he simply says, show mercy and I will show you the same.