“Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall be shown mercy.”
God sent His one and only Son Jesus into the world on a mission of ultimate love and the greatest act of mercy (unmerited divine favor and compassion) as He lived a sinless life, yet He came to die on the cross for our sins. Where we deserved death, Christ took our sentence upon himself, and we were pardoned through God’s great mercy and forgiveness. The focus of this Beatitude is the commission of those whom know Christ to be vessels of mercy toward others, as in expressing a temperament of mercy, compassion, and forgiveness, being willing to take on another’s sadness or grief as one’s own. This willingness to enter into such difficult times in the lives of others without regard for one’s own interests or the personal sacrifice and risks which may be involved, but a commitment to demonstrate graceful, compassionate companionship. Even silently grieving with someone is a form of showing compassionate mercy.
Such demonstrations of mercy do not require that we fully understand the circumstances of another, nor that we have answers for them. But when we, with a heart of humility and gratitude, are willing to come along beside those who are hurting and brokenhearted, pouring out the merciful gift of grace over them even as they have been turned away by others, we ourselves receive the promise of mercy. With the blessing promised for those who show mercy to others in this life, the promise of Jesus here is that bountiful amounts of mercy are being stored up for them as a heavenly reward. With this promise, there will most certainly be tests of our patience and the need for us to come with a heart of humility to the Lord ourselves, asking for His forgiveness and grace, so that we are able to continue to impart His “divine mercy” upon those around us.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You first and foremost for the greatest gift of mercy You could have ever given us, which is salvation through Your one and only Son, Jesus. He is our true source of hope and the picture of mercy as He showed such deep compassion for those He encountered in His everyday ministry here on earth leading up to giving His life for us on the Cross. As we walk life’s journey, may we be quick to show mercy and compassion to others even when it seems not to be deserved, just as ultimately, we were shown Your great mercy when we were yet undeserving. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.