We just got done here on the front porch looking at what it means to be meek. We’re going to look now at mercy which has to do with our relationship with each other.
Matthew 5.7 (Phillips) says, “Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them!”
JESUS is saying here that you get what you give. It’s the law of direct return. If you criticize other people, they’re going to criticize you. If you’re friendly to other people, they’re going to be friendly to you. If you’re merciful to other people, they’ll be merciful to you. If you want to be happy, treat people right.
So what is the right way to treat people? Be merciful.
What is mercy? Mercy is love in action.
It’s more than just an attitude, more than just feeling sorry for people. It’s doing something.
The Bible says GOD is a merciful GOD. Notice Psalm 145.8 (NLT), “The LORD is kind and merciful, slow to get angry, full of unfailing love.” If you want to be like GOD, you have to learn to be merciful.
Just a thought from the front porch…