- Matthew 5:7 (NKJV)
Jesus says that merciful people are happy people. Why are they happy? Merciful people are happy because they are the ones who shall someday experience mercy.
I submit that the merciful people of whom Jesus speaks here are believers. Believers are the people who have received mercy now. Their sins are forgiven. They know God’s mercy but in an incomplete sense. The mercy that Christians know is to be fully experienced when eternity begins. In this sense Jesus can say that it is in the future that the merciful shall receive mercy.
Why are merciful people merciful? They can be merciful because to be anything else is unnatural. Christians should naturally be merciful people. The reason why is because believers are made alive through the mercy they received from the Lord Jesus. Mercy is now a part of their being. Without being touched by God’s mercy, no person can really be merciful. But with that touch from a merciful God, one can freely show God’s mercy.
The important thing to remember is that true mercy does not originate from within the individual. Those who can be merciful can be so only because God’s mercy flows through them. Can Christians lack mercy? Christians can certainly be merciless. But when Christians yield to God’s Spirit, they can show God’s mercy without end.
- Pastor Randy