Matthew 5 continues with verse 7 speaking on mercy.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” – Matthew 5:7
The word translated “mercy” is eleemones, which begins with sympathy but then moves to action. Jesus pronounces a blessing on the person who feels the other person’s pain and takes action to relieve it.
Jesus promises, “for they shall obtain mercy” (v. 7b). When we examine this Gospel further, we will discover that mercy-receiving is dependent on mercy-giving. Only those who show mercy can expect God to show them mercy.
Ouch. Wait..we have to give to receive. Did I sign up for that? Um…yes. Yes, you did. If you’re a follower of Jesus, this is what we signed up for.
Matthew 6:12, Jesus says, “forgive us our debts and forgive us our debtors.” Give. Receive.
He quotes Hosea 6:6 which states that I require mercy, not sacrifice. In Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7 he quotes that again. If it is true that the merciful will receive mercy, it is also true that those who have received mercy are more inclined to give mercy.
So…have you received mercy. Do you know what mercy is? Here’s the actual definition: Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Mercy. Something that God has given us and gives us every day. Our response can only be mercy to others in our sphere of influence and community. Mercy to those who require mercy and in the end mercy is brought back to us.
Today. Practice mercy.