Monday, January 30, 2017
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy
The Beatitudes are a progression of spiritual awakening and transformation that show us the way to the fruits of a new creation and the blessings of a transformed character.
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Mercy is not seen in our world a lot these days. Our senses are overwhelmed with violence, bigotry, scams, injustice, and intolerance. In fact, acts of mercy are so rare that when they happen they are headline or breaking news all over media outlets. This isn't to say that mercy is not admired, that is why it is headline news. although people admire other people who show mercy, they seldom take the opportunity to show mercy themselves. Jesus tells the Pharisees in Mathew 23 : 23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the other undone." This makes it apparent how far apart man and God are on the value we should place on mercy. From time to time we need to remind ourselves that the beatitudes are the signs that one is truly a disciple of Christ.
Mercy is a very prominent spiritual trait, it is indispensable in the holy and divine character that becomes ours as a result of a warm and close relationship with God. It is a quality given to us through the Holy Spirit as we yield in obedience and cultivate it. As a result of our personal experience with God, mercy grows in us. Mercy requires you to treat people better than they deserve. Mercy drives you to show compassion to people you have good reason to ignore. Mercy leads you to care about people's pain even when these very people have caused you pain. Mercy requires forgiving those who have wronged you. Mercy insists that you seek reconciliation with those who have offended you.
If we do not have the desire or will to show compassion on a dying, poor world, if we do not have it in our hearts to show mercy on our brothers and sisters in Christ, to forgive them as Jesus forgave us, then we are in deep trouble. So the next time you pull off the freeway or stop at a red light and you see someone standing there holding a sign, remember you are looking at a Child of God, and He loves that person as much as He loves you. Amen .........