Matthew 5:7
Merciful to Others

 
The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2012, Max D. Hutto,

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 NASB

The fifth Beatitude describes a disciple as one who is merciful to others. This disciple shows compassion and kindness for others. He cares for those who are suffering and hurting. He is generous to those in need. He forgives others for what they have done, even laying aside their punishment. By being merciful, the disciple reflects the heart of the King who is also merciful. The disciple has experienced God’s compassion, kindness, and forgiveness in his own life. Thus the disciple is merciful to others because he has experienced God’s mercy. The result of being merciful is that the disciple will also receive mercy.

Lord Jesus, I am thankful for Your great mercy to me. Help me to reflect that mercy in my dealings with others.

 

  January 6, 2012


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