By: Undre Griggs, Jr
What a blessing it is to be merciful to others. Like many of the blessings we discussed in previous weeks, there are immediate blessings on earth and eternal blessings in heaven. Our ability to forgive and show mercy to others is directly related to the forgiveness and mercy God shows us.
Matthew 5:7 (ESV): “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
The Greek word for mercy in the above verse can also be translated as compassionate. When we show compassion for the situations others are going through, they are appreciative and reciprocate the kind gesture. If we attempt to understand the difficulties others face, we will offer assistance, solutions, or our time. Like faith producing works, mercy and compassion will produce action as well.
Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV): Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
When we are sympathetic, we will exhibit patience and forgiveness. We will be kind in our interactions and speak in a humble manner. Even though we will interact with people who do not deserve mercy, we will be humble because we know we do not deserve mercy either. The mercy God shows us by providing us the opportunity to enter the kingdom of heaven is more than any of us deserve. If we remain focused on this blessing, we will be equipped for the task of forgiving those who do not warrant it.
Psalm 103:2-4 (ESV): Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
On earth, those who show compassion to others are respected and admired. They receive blessings on earth because people feel compelled to return the favor when they are going through a tough time. From a Spiritual perspective, God forgives and shows mercy to those who show mercy to others. Since we have all sinned, God’s mercy is the only way we will obtain entry into heaven. Mercy is more than words; it is the action of showing patience, endurance, kindness, and humility. Mercy is a choice we can make every day, and it is a choice God rewards us for making.