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Posted: February 9, 2018 in Beatitude five

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“Blessed are the merciful for they will obtain mercy…” Matthew 5

This blessing is for everyone who is merciful.

It is for people who are kind and treat other people well. Showing mercy to people involves not showing up their failings and trying to help them overcome their difficulties. It involves giving up time and things that I want for the sake of someone else. It means making sacrifices so that another person can have good things.

As human beings we tend not to think this way. We think all we are and have is our own and everybody has to provide for themselves. Being merciful is a revolutionary mind set, and is taught to us by someone outside ourselves.

If you are a Christian, you have received huge mercy from God. So now you can show that mercy to others. The promise says that if I do not show mercy, then God will not show mercy to me. That is a very big deal.

What does mercy look like?

We can be with a group of people and sometimes one person is singled out to be picked on. This person is made to feel left out and maybe the others don’t show kindness to them. It can be like bullying. Why do we do this kind of thing.? Usually we put other people down to make ourselves feel better. We know the others in the group will follow us so we leave the single person out of our friendship.

We can see people around us in need and not feel any love towards them to help them in their difficulties. We think someone else will do it. We regard the person as not worth helping. I think I have enough to do without helping foolish people.

We see a person struggling in the street. Do I help them or let them manage by themselves?

I might look foolish if I help the person. Maybe people will think I am too softhearted.

I have a friend who has difficulty with doing something. Do I help them, or leave them to figure it out? It might take me a lot of time to help them. I don’t want to spend my time that way.

I have family and friends who do not know Jesus.. do I tell them and show them what He is like.? Or do I just tell them to go to church.? Maybe they will figure it out by themselves…

God says there is no mercy for me, if I don’t show mercy to others.

God has shown us amazing mercy, by sending Jesus to sacrifice His life so that we could be saved. There is no mercy greater than that. He loved us so much that He gave His life to pay for our sins. He didn’t have to do it, but He did. If Jesus did that for you, His can you refuse mercy to other people?

Mercy is greater than anger. Mercy over comes all negative thoughts and feelings. Mercy is given to us, so that we can give it to others.

If you think you don’t need God’s mercy- think again.

We all need mercy – God’s mercy and mercy from each other.

Let mercy win the day.

“Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 NIV