“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
Have you ever thought about giving someone a gift? For months, you considered what the future recipient might need or what would make them happy. The day finally comes when you wrap up the gift and with a huge smile on your face, hand the person the gift that was precious to you only because you believed it would bring them joy. Mercy is all about sharing God’s love with someone else, not with any thought of receiving something in return but because it is very much what it means to be a redeemed child of God. There is nothing more soul-filling than to spread the joy of the presence of God to someone else. Blessed are the merciful because they have received a taste of God’s joy through Jesus Christ. The merciful are not naïve’ nor are they self-centered in offering the gift of mercy; they simply have a disposition of offering kindness, which at times seems to be in short supply. Consider the ministry of Jesus; the people he healed were not worthy to be healed by worldly standards and maybe up to the time of meeting Jesus may not have even been believers. Yet in the infinite love and mercy of God, they came to know the joy of faith, of knowing that God cares about them. When we show mercy, compassion, we acknowledge the presence of God in us and just can’t wait to share the gift with someone else. Mercy is not just an attitude, it acts and responds to the needs of others. Those who celebrate the joy of mercy with another will receive even more mercy and joy in knowing that someone else’s life is made just a bit easier. Thank you Jesus.