MAT 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
My recent studies of God’s word have caused me to look at the subject of mercy. This text contains some of my thoughts on this subject. I hope they are of some benefit to you.
DAN 9:18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
How often do we think about the mercy of God? The modern day confusion about God’s word has led to a lot of discussion about many things. While these issues may be important, they would have no meaning if our God was not a merciful God. Daniel makes it clear that he understands this in his appeal mentioned above. The next time you go to God in prayer it may be wise to think about what we are going to pray about and how God’s mercy relates to those things!
NEH 13:22 Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.
How important is the love of God in your life. Scriptures like John 3:16 remind us of God’s love and what it should mean to us, but it is still hard to comprehend the depth and range of that love. The above scripture points out that mercy is closely related to love. There are many examples in the book of Psalms where the psalmist asks for mercy. Do we think we are in need of mercy?
2SA 24:14 David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.”
David understands that because God is a merciful God it is better to be in His hands than the hands of men. This is because he understands that the mercy of mankind is not to be depended on. I think everyone has seen some circumstance where someone has been in a position where they deserved mercy and have been disappointed because it was not granted to them. How fortunate that God is not like that.
However, we do need to understand that God does not just show mercy to all as some would hope. As the beatitude mentioned at the beginning of this lesson reminds us, He shows mercy to those who show mercy. The next couple of verses should help us to understand how we should live our lives because of God’s mercy.
ROM 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
Why does a Christian live his life the way he or she does? While you may word your answer in different ways, I hope the idea brought forth in Romans 12:1 is involved! Again, as Daniel mentioned in his appeal to God, his mercy must be central in the reason we live our lives the way we do.
MAT 23:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices -mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law -justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
This verse makes it clear that being merciful should be one of the most important aspects of our Christian lives. Do we pray to God and ask Him to help us be more merciful? If we look back on our actions of the last week, how merciful have we been? These may be difficult questions, but I believe that Jesus’ comment to the Pharisees makes them questions that must be asked!
MAR 5:19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
My final thought about mercy concerns this verse. When we go out and try to help other people understand the importance of a relationship with God, is the mercy that God has had on us a part of that effort? There are people that are out there hoping for someone to have mercy on them. Letting them see the role that the mercy of God has played in our lives could help them find it.
I again hope and pray these comments have been of some benefit to you.