Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7
“With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful” (Psalms 18:25). The Lord seems to be reiterating this Psalm in Matthew 5: 7. A crucial lesson is learnt here: By God’s generous, overflowing mercy towards us, He awakens our mercy towards others. As children of God, we MUST forgive. We do not have a choice but to do so.
The Lord gave a parable of an unmerciful debtor (Matthew 18:23-35). It teaches us of what God expects of us. The story was about a servant whose lord forgave ten thousand talents but who refused to extend the same compassion by forgiving his fellow servant’s debt of a hundred pence. Instead, he imprisoned that fellow servant until he could pay it up. This got his master angry. Being poor-in-Spirit will make us merciful. When we reckon that we ourselves standing by grace alone, we will be merciful.
Twice in the Epistles we are urged to forgive one another, as Christ forgave us (Colossians 3: 13, Ephesians 4: 32). We also see the words of Christ saying: “Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6: 37, 5:9). Both are true- we are forgiven and we will be forgiven. This Beatitude says the merciful shall obtain mercy. The key to understanding this to know that continuously receiving mercy from God requires that we be merciful, and proves that we are indeed born again. (Read 1 John 2: 9).
Reader, is there anyone you cannot forgive? No one! Let the thought of God’s underserved kindness move you to ‘let go’ today. Do it for God, and for your joy in Him.
Make mercy your lifestyle from today. Do away with being unforgiving totally.