Matthew 5:7, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
In the Beatitudes that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the mount He has taught us about eight blessings. The teachings which He gave us there should be remembered and applied to daily life by all children of God. Many books and sermons can be found that have given detailed commentary about the Beatitudes. These are the only verses in the Bible that have not been criticized. Jesus’ life was not only one of teachings, but He applied them in practical in His life as well. The Saviour who gave teachings on one mount, gave up His life for the sinners on another mount. Mothers/Holy souls like Mother Teresa do not take birth often to heal the world. The mother walked in the path shown by the Saviour and joined Him after death. She is remembered and revered even after her death for generations to come. Today we mostly see that today the children of God have turned out to be mere sermonizers, with no practical work done.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Let us think about the verse. Let us ask ourselves, is there any hope for the world if we do not show mercy to each other???? Each morning that the the Lord gives us all is His mercy. We do not pause to think about how many people have been merciful upon us that we have food on our tables each day, from morning till night. We are increasingly becoming greedy and selfish in this consumerist mindset of the world.
We often mistake our justice with mercy for others. There is a huge gap between justice and mercy. Even we are drowned in sin, if we repent with a true heart He forgives us our sins. Psalms 51:1, 1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Then don’t we as humans need to be merciful to each other. The Lord has taught us a parable about the servants in the vineyard. It is an example to teach about mercy.Matthew 20:1-16, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
In retrospect Jesus has given two other examples as well, The Good Samaritan, and The rich man and Lazarus to show what happens to those without mercy.
James 2:13, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Matthew 23:23, 23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
These words though said to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, it applies to us as well. Luke 6:36, 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6: 38,…For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Mercy is not a feeling that should arise in us only during calamities or untoward happenings like car accident, plane crash, floods, earthquakes, etc. People like Mother Teresa did not show mercy only on occasions or because they were asked to. Their hearts are filled with mercy and love for everyone. They are people who have risen from justice to mercy. The words of the Lord never fail, if you show mercy onto others, you too will be shown mercy. We cannot compel each other to do this, it should happen from within since it is a feeling that the Lord has given each one of us. Then why can’t we make it happen in our daily lives. Think!!!
One small step of yours can lead towards a big achievement in mercy and make the world a better place to live for all.