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Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are The Merciful

We are halfway through our series on the Beatitudes. If you missed any of the previous posts in this series you can view them here. This week we move on to Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

James 2:12-13 says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

This is a strong command. If we are not merciful to others, we will not be shown mercy.

Why does God tell us to be merciful? Because we have sinned against Him immeasurably more than anything anyone can do to us. When we realize how much mercy God has given us, we have no excuse but to have mercy on others.

Those who understand how much they have been forgiven for will have a merciful heart toward others.

In Luke 7, a woman who had lived a sinful life came and wet Jesus’ feet with her tears. While the Pharisees were quick to judge her, Jesus had mercy on her. He expressed, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47).

I think it’s often harder to be merciful toward those who are struggling with something we haven’t experienced before. For instance, I have a lot of mercy for parents, and couples struggling in their marriages. I have made a lot of mistakes in my marriage and raising my children, but God has shown me mercy.

When I see a parent frustrated with their children, while others are pointing their fingers in disgust, I want to run and hug the parent. I have mercy because I understand their struggles. I know it is impossible to be a good parent without God’s grace. Therefore, I can’t judge parents when they lose their patience.

I’m the same way toward spouses who are causing trouble in their marriages. When someone shares a marriage problem with me, I find myself feeling sorrow for the spouse who is doing wrong, because I know what it is like to be blinded by sin. You don’t see how much you are hurting your family.

This doesn’t mean we have to be in everyone’s situation to have mercy on others. Jesus was already tempted in every way. So we learn how to be merciful to others through Him.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

—Hebrews 4:15-16

One thing I have prayed often is for God to help me see people through His eyes. I want to see others as God sees them. I don’t want to have an unmerciful heart because I need God’s mercy. I know what I am like without Him. And if I need His mercy, then others need it as well.

While God softens our hearts toward others, we still need to show mercy. Don’t wait until you have a merciful heart to give mercy, because you likely won’t feel it until after you do it.

 

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**Prayer for the week**

Heavenly Father,

We praise You for Your great mercy on us. We know we have been forgiven for more than anything anyone can ever do to us. Help us to use this knowledge to be merciful toward others, so we will be shown mercy when we stumble.   

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!

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17 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are The Merciful

  1. Great word. I needed to hear this. I have a tendency to be impatient with people who do stupid things, like the person in the car ahead of me ignoring traffic (in a daze or on their cell phone) sitting at the green light too long before they move off. I also get upset with people who get in the “20 items or less” aisle at the grocery story with 35 items and appear in no hurry to check out. (I’m always in a hurry to do everything). But when I let my frustration or anger take over, God reminds me, “You don’t know their story. You don’t know what they might be going through. That allows me to step back, take a deep breath and my frustration dissipates. Then, sometimes, I pray for that person, or at least consider them more important than my impatience. Thanks again, Amanda. You gave me something to be thankful for today — The mercy God shows me every single day! Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

  2. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Thank you for this reminder today, Amanda. So very true, that when we begin to grasp how much God has forgiven us, through His son, then we will be filled with mercy and forgiveness toward others. And what a beautiful prayer – to others through His eyes. One of my favorite lines from a Christian song (can’t remember the singer or title right now) says, “break my heart for what breaks Yours.”

    And I wanted to share that your book has been a blessing for me the past couple days, particularly in chapter three. God’s been using your book to speak to a situation in my life/marriage, and I’m very thankful for the Godly wisdom you’ve provided from your own life.

    Praying for a blessed week for you and your family,
    Kerry

  3. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Oops, to “see others” :)

  4. Shirley Strait on said:

    What a wonderful reminder! Thanks.

  5. Amanda Beth on said:

    That reminds me of a time when my sister-in-law was driving home with her twin boys screaming in the backseat. She was crying when a women flew passed and cursed her out for driving too slow. That only added to her pain. You’re right, we don’t know what people are going through. We need to be merciful to everyone. Thanks for sharing your struggle. I’m sure we all can relate.
    God bless:)

  6. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Kerry! Thanks for your comment. That sounds like a great song. I’ll have to look it up.

    I am so happy the book is a blessing to you. Chapter three was the hardest chapter to write. There is so much in it. I even like to go through it over and over again to help me in my life/marriage.

    Thank you for all your encouragement. You are such a blessing!
    Blessings to you and your family:)

  7. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thanks for your comment, Shirley! Have a wonderful day:)
    God bless!

  8. Brandy Hatcher on said:

    The song Kerry was talking about is called “Hosanna” by Hillsong United. A very beautiful song!

  9. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thanks, Brandy:) God bless!

  10. Luther Wesley on said:

    ” Why does God tell us to be merciful? Because we have sinned against Him immeasurably more than anything anyone can do to us. ”

    You were right…..we said many of the same things. We show mercy, love, patience, etc to others because it has been shown to us.

    thanks for reminding us again

  11. Amanda Beth on said:

    God must speaking to us:) Thanks for the comment. Blessings!

  12. Jeff Ellinger on said:

    Thanks Amanda for another inspiring message. I love the Book of James. He doesn’t fool around. He just comes to the point with His Words. Sorry it took me so long to comment. I have to put your blog in a special mail box as soon as I see it come in. If I don’t it will get lost because of all the emails I get from all over. Thanks for the comment on my blog too. Have a blessed day and pray as we are weak, His spirit will strengthen us and uphold us as we turn to Him, in Jesus’ Name, Amen

  13. Blue Cotton Memory on said:

    The older I get, the more I understand mercy. I remember when a fellow 7th grader wanted to “stab my son in the back and kill him” – At first, a part of me wanted him punished – but then I started to grieve for him, to realize that he needed a mom who would fight for him like I fought for my son, to pray for him like I prayed for my son – so I started praying for him – asking God to intercede in his life. I’ve come to the conclusion that when I feel the urge to condemn, that is really a call to prayer, a call for mercy. What a wonderful reminder to love the broken!

  14. Amanda Beth on said:

    What a wonderful comment about showing mercy. Thank you for sharing that. God bless you and your family:)

  15. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thanks, Jeff. I have had so many spam comments lately that I just now saw your comment. I enjoyed your blog. I will be praying for Christ’s strength. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  16. Mark Hunter on said:

    I often pray for God to soften the hearts of others around me because I can see, like you mentioned, how blinded by sin they really are. The thing with becoming a Christian is that you become “super-aware” of sin and, in turn, begin a new chapter of struggling with those around you. Mercy then becomes a frontline battle for us all. Thank you for reminding me of mercy. Your posts always get me thinking of angles I often overlook. May God continue to bless and watch over you.

  17. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thank you for your great comments, Mark. That’s so true. We become super aware of sin and it becomes a struggle learning to be merciful to others. I’m blessed that you are blessed by my posts.Thanks for reading them:)

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