“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7 ESV)
This beatitude reminds me of the parable of the unforgiving servant in Mathew 18:21-35
We have been show mercy each and every day of our lives. God did not wipe all of us away because of our sins but rather had mercy on us sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for us. Through His death and resurrection we have been forgiven and made right before God. Our salvation is an act of God’s mercy.
In the same way we have been shown mercy by God, that’s how we as believers should reciprocate this mercy towards those that wrong us, the poor and the needy.
“To show mercy requires a particular economic outlook. Like the good Samaritan, we must take time out of our workday, lay the needy on our donkey, pour our oil upon his wounds, and use our resources to provide his bed. Our material goods are not given to us to be laid up in storehouses for personal comforts, but as trusts from a merciful Father to be used for the kingdom of God.”
“To be merciful, we need a particular way of seeing. In a needy world, we easily grow calloused to people. We easily train our eyes to look for what we want from others instead of looking for what others may need from us. We need the eyes of Jesus. “When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36)
In this beatitude, Jesus shows us how to find blessing in a needy and very hurting world: show MERCY.”