I trust you are benefitting from our journey through the Beatitudes. I am always struck by the profound depth of the seemingly simple teaching of Jesus. These declarations of blessing are timeless and far reaching for the followers of Christ! This week, we will be thinking through “Blessed are the Merciful, for They shall receive Mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). Please note the meaning of the term merciful as you meditate on this beatitude. As a verb, it means to help the afflicted, to give aid to the wretched, and to rescue the miserable. It is anything you do that is of benefit to someone in need of mercy.
The word “merciful” as used to describe a person is found in only one other place in Scripture and there it speaks of Christ. Hebrews 2:17 states:
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Christ is the ultimate example of showing mercy. Ephesians 2:1-5 states:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience– among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ– by grace you have been saved—
God is the ultimate source of all mercy. Lamentations 3:22-23 states:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Take time this week and note all the many ways that God shows Himself merciful to you and how we can show mercy to others.