Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7
This is one of the beatitudes that Jesus began the sermon on the mount with. The word “blessed” that Jesus used here means content and sheltered by God’s promises. But who then are the “merciful”? The “merciful” are those who are full of sympathy and compassion toward those who are suffering either from sin or sorrow. The “merciful” sincerely want to help ease and eliminate such suffering by influencing people to depend on God for help and to entrust their lives to Jesus Christ. Merciful people also get actively involved in meeting people’s needs. By showing mercy to others, we “will be shown mercy”. Thus proving these words that Micah wrote thousands of years ago: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Today’s Bible Readings:
Genesis 42:18-43:34, Matthew 13:47-14:12, Psalm 18:16-36 and Proverbs 4:7-10