Blessed are the Merciful

In his famous beatitudes, Jesus has been creating a picture of the person who rests under the blessings and good graces of God. So far he has revealed that this person recognizes his spiritual poverty and need for God (Matt. 5:3), mourns that poor spiritual condition (5:4), possesses the gentleness necessary to seek and accept God’s help (5:5), and longs for justification as one longs for food and water (5:6). It is this person who will find what he’s looking for and be filled.

With all of those traits working together, this person will reach out to help those in need since he received help in his time of need. This is called mercy.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Matthew 5:7

Mercy is a spirit of compassion that sympathizes with the sufferings of the distressed and troubled. It causes us to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). But more than just a feeling, the truly merciful will try to ease the pain of his fellow-man as much as possible. Arthur Pink succinctly wrote that mercy “not only stirs the heart, but it moves the hand.”

Will there be opportunities today for you and me to show mercy to another? Perhaps. Let’s look for those opportunities and respond to them by showing to others the mercy that we have received.

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