Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matt 5:7
Psalms 18:25 says “With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful…” The Lord seems to be reiterating this Psalm in our opening scripture.
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 what God expects. The story is 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 till he could pay it up. This got his master angry, and rightly so!
Being poor-in-Spirit will make us merciful. When we reckon that we ourselves stand by grace alone, we will be merciful.
Twice in the epistles, we are urged concerning “forgiving one another, as Christ forgave you.”
Col 3: 13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Eph 4: 32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
We truly believe in the mercy of God when we display that same mercy to others. The mercy we exude attests to the fact that we are indeed born again.
Reader, is there anyone you cannot forgive? No one! Let the thought of the undeserved 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.