Blessed are the Merciful (Through the Gospels)
Being merciful is not an occasional decision that one makes, but the constant attitude of one’s heart. Jesus is not talking about showing mercy, but rather embodying mercy. Someone who is a recipient of the grace and mercy of God will as a result embody the message of mercy to others.
To be merciful embraces the characteristics of forgiveness towards those who are guilty and compassion towards those are in need. The one who has truly tasted the mercy of God cannot help but give mercy to others. Being merciful is a result of having received mercy yourself.
When you find yourself lacking mercy and grace towards others, it is likely that you forgot where you came from. You have forgotten the immeasurable amount of grace, mercy and forgiveness that God has shown you. This is a very dangerous place to be, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6).
But for the one who gives mercy, more mercy will be given to them. Jesus says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). When you have a revelation of God’s mercy towards you, you will be merciful towards others which results in God pouring more mercy on you. The one who fights to show mercy to others will have an ever-increasing revelation and experience of the mercy of God.
Do you want to grow more in understanding God’s grace and mercy towards you? Show it to others. Do you want to be a more loving, gracious and merciful person? Revel in the grace and mercy of God. You will enter into a perpetual give and take with God!