Matthew 5:1-12, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”

Blessed are the merciful.  Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.  How easy would it be to nt show mercy to someone who has harmed you?  How easy is it to hit someone if they hit you?  Mercy dictates that we do not return violence for violence.  Mercy forgives a person for the wrong that they did.

God shows us mercy for all the wrong that we do.  In fact, after all the wrong that humankind has done, God still decided to send His Son to die on the cross for all that wrong.  God could punish us as that is what is deserved.  God should punish us for all the wrong that we have done.  Yet that is not God’s plan.

For they shall obtain mercy.  The flip side of showing mercy to others is that mercy is shown to you.  In order for God to show us mercy, we must show mercy.  I am reminded of the parable of the unforgiving debtor. (Matthew 18:21-35)  The king forgives a large debt to a man who could not forgive a smaller debt owed to him.  The man should have showed mercy to the other that owed him, just as the king showed mercy to him.  Mercy is a two-way street.  It will go from man to man and will also go from God to man.

Do you like to be shown mercy?  Sure you do.  That means that you must show mercy.  Show mercy to your fellow brothers and sisters.  Wrong should not be repiad with wrong.  Wrong should be paid with right.  The right is God.  The wrong is us.  Let mercy flow from person to person so that all may enjoy the mercy of God.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for mercy.  Mercy is not something deserved.  Mercy is a gift.  Wrapped up and gifted to us by the blood of Jesus.  We are so grateful and thankful for this gift.  It is worth far more than all the money in the world.  It means an eternity spent with God.  It means a deletion of sins from our accounts.  Our debts are paid through the mercy of God.  Salvation is ours through You, Lord.  Thank You.

In Your name we pray always,

Amen

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