The Power of Mercy: Matthew 5:7
““7) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭
We are now introduced to the word “mercy.” This stands in contrast to the word “grace”, which means giving someone something haven’t earned and do not deserve. Salvation is a gift of grace. Mercy by contrast is not giving someone the judgement or condemnation they do deserve.
Another rule in Matthew 7:1-2 says; ““Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
This mercy beatitude is also closely related to golden rule as recorded in Matthew 7:12; ““In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Notice that these are all found in the sermon on the Mount. God cares about the way we relate and interact with people. The theater of interpersonal relationships is boot camp for Christian growth and virtue.
Mercy has the power to build deep relationships. It is an expression of unconditional love.
Do you want mercy? Learn to show mercy. Do you want others to treat you with favor and grace? Do the same! Do you want others to cut you some slack? Don’t be so judgmental yourself.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global