“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
Our opening text today reveals the Lord reiterating a portion of the Psalms of David. It shows us God’s disposition towards the merciful.
“With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful”
A crucial lesson is learnt here: Prior to the redemptive work of Christ, what we see is God looking out to show mercy to the merciful. In Christ, the believer is expected to display mercy not so that he can be shown mercy but because he has received mercy.
By God’s generous, overflowing mercy towards us, He awakens our mercy towards others. As children of God, we must be known to be merciful.
What is Mercy? It’s simply compassion or forbearance shown towards an offender, an enemy, or other people.
The Lord gave a parable of an unmerciful debtor (Matthew 18:23-35). It teaches us 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 are standing by grace alone, we will be merciful.
Twice in the Epistles, we are urged to forgive one another, as Christ forgave us.
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
So, is there anyone you cannot forgive or show mercy? No one! Let the thought of God’s undeserved kindness move you to ‘let go’ today. Do it for God, for yourself and for your joy in Him.