Skip to main content

A Lesson On the Merciful (Beatitude Series Part 5)

"The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 5:7

How wondrous it is to open my Bible and see the words in red. Words spoken by my Savior. This verse is penned in red and is speaking of mercy. Not just receiving mercy, but giving mercy.

What does merciful mean? The good Mr. Webster puts it this way.

Merciful Full of mercy: Compassionate: Providing relief

Mercy  compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment  and a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion;compassionate treatment of those in distress


Compassionate Having or showing compassion; granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual —used of some military privileges (as leave)


Compassion Sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it;
 
Mercy is looking beyond yourself. It's reaching in the depths of your soul and reaching out to gracously touch another with love. It's opening up your heart to another. It's an outward action of love. Mercy is our Savior.

"Because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!" Lamentations 3:22-23

"For He tells Moses: I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy." Romans 9:15-16

"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even through we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!" Ephesians 2:4-5

"For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you." Psalm 86:5

"The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works." Psalm 145:9

"Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6:36

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Titus 3:5

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Peter 1:3

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

Mercy points toward our Savior. Mercy brings us together with understanding and grace. It's love in it's purest moment. In loving mercy it takes the hardness out of heart and replaces it with pure love toward others. Shouldn't we be showing mercy to others when our loving Savior continues to show us His mercy new every day? It's a continual action of love. One that we should surrender to and openly give.

It is not up to us to decide who deserves mercy and who doesn't. We can see in scripture that is up to our Savior. Everyone is in need of mercy and is able to receive it.  I can't think of one day that I do not look to my Savior for mercy. He is there, ready to give, ready to lift me up, and ready to wash me in His love. It's not that we just show mercy to those we love. That would be pretty easy. It's showing mercy to all. None of us deserve mercy. When we are in need of mercy we cry out to the Lord, but too often, we hold it close and for what ever reason, we feel it's not a need to give to another. But it is. To share the love of Christ is to share mercy with others. May we remember the cross and the payment for our sins. It's not a payment that we must pay. Our Savior stamped our debt, "Paid in full".

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control." Galatians 5:22-23ab


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

I want to begin this review sharing two reviews I was blessed to do. The Butterfly and The Violinand A Sparrow in Terezin. For me these two novels were masterpieces. Works of such exquisite beauty. They showed that Kristy Cambron is gifted with the pen, a master storyteller. They remain two of my all-time top favorites. 
It was for this reason I was thrilled to be receiving a copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice. Once again Cambron shows us a masterpiece of bringing a story to readers that speaks of faith and our Lord. Although throughout the novel these aspects are not boldly proclaimed, but are masterfully weaved throughout the story. 
Magic and illusion are not the same. I love how she brings this truth. Love that the main character was an apprentice to the master of illusion. She takes the use of being an apprentice and walks that road with integrity and hope. When we choose to walk with Christ we are His apprentices. We are to walk as the main character, Wren Lockhart walked…

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

Oh, just where do I begin? This is the stuff in which great novels are made. I made my way through this richly beautiful novel turning page after page with such deep emotion and thought. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough, but I didn't want it to end to soon. It's one of those novels you could continue reading as long as there were pages. No page just made of fluff, words with no meaning on the page. Every single line in this novel created a story that will last in my heart forever. 
Ms. Everson, I am so happy stories of the war were shared with you. Oh, to have your Sunday school teacher share with you, "You can't choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose who you marry", is a blessing that has now enchanted your readers. What a story you have weaved together. History penned with such depth, detail, and a story that captures the heart. 
This lovely story begins in 1941. The war has started. Picture a family gathered around the Zenith to hear t…

The" I Am" Makes Us Think About What "i am"

In Genesis 1:26-27 it shares something valuable to each of us about who we are in God. We are created in His image. What I love about this verse below is that is says, "make man in OUR image". What's OUR? The trinity, God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus. Ponder that. I mean really go deep. We are make in THEIR image. 
"Then God said, "Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them."
We are His workmanship. He knew us before we were ever born. He weaved us together within the womb, but even before then He planned our life perfectly for us. That's so much to ponder isn't it? 
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared…

The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

I came across this selection on Amazon. I had seen so many reviews that it intrigued me. I had never read anything from this German author. The cover caught my attention as did the description of this novel. 
It's a part of a trilogy. I am getting ready to open up book 2, The American Lady. I cannot wait to begin. I tell you this book marveled me. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What a journey into another time and place. 
We travel to Germany where this novel is set. The year is 1890 and we find ourselves in Lauscha, Germany. The author did a fantastic job at the perfect description of not only the area, but circumstance, and heart of the characters. Her writing style flows so easily that the pages almost turn themselves. 
The characters are easy to love. Three sisters who are now wondering, after their father had passed from this earth,  how they will now provide for themselves. It isn't going to be easy, but these sisters show us how to prevail over challenges that…

Unexpected Blessings

The last words my dad spoke to me from his hospital bed were, "Rob, take care of your mom." Those are words I have never forgotten. I have not only honored them for my dad, but for my mom. I too am commanded by my Father to honor my mother and father.
"Honor your father and mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
My mom gave her life in caring for me. On my first birthday, my very first Christmas, was spent in the ICU as I was very sick with pneumonia. A little later I would burn myself with spilled coffee. A few years later I would tumble down many stairs and once again spent time in the hospital. 
I remember all the times I was sick and could feel my mom's hand brush against my forehead as she checked for fever. All the times she must have stayed up all night as I was sick. 
When I was little she would pour me a bowl of Raisin Bran. I loved it. Only I didn't like the raisins. She would take t…