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Matthew 5:7

Dispensing Mercy

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. Their cup will overflow. What should be done with the overflowing blessings?

Yesterday, we said that it was incumbent upon us to feed Christ's sheep and to lead others to Him. The overflow must not be wasted, because its very source makes it precious. The righteousness of God is perfect love, perfect justice, and perfect mercy.

"A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.

'But I don't ask for justice, 'the mother explained. 'I plead for mercy.'

'But your son does not deserve mercy,' Napoleon replied.

'Sir,' the woman cried, 'it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for.'

'Well, then,' the emperor said, 'I will have mercy.' And he spared the woman's son." (Luis Palau, Experiencing God's Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984.)

What part of God's righteousness did you deserve? Do you think you earned it? Then you have not yet received it. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph 2:8-9) Salvation is only achieved through the unmerited favor of God, by grace and through the faith that He gave you. It was by His mercy that each of us has received our salvation in Jesus Christ. The law condemned us, but God's merciful grace saved us.

How do we share mercy? ----By being merciful! "He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Mic 6:8)

The law says that, if a man will not work, he shall not eat, but if we are merciful, we feed him anyway. Another demands that adulterers be stoned to death, but mercy brings forgiveness. Mercy is undeserved favor.

The merciful man must have compassion for those less fortunate than himself. He must be willing to meet their physical needs at his own expense, but his purpose is always to lead others to Christ. It is there that they find true mercy. Then, they too may come boldly unto the throne of grace and find mercy in time of need.

A merciful man will understand the sinful condition in which he finds his neighbor. He will not judge him or look down his nose at him. Instead, he will help him to see the gospel truth, help him to change, patiently watch him stumble, pick him up when he falls, and disciple him when he is converted.

Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. God will certainly repay us in kind. "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (Mt 6:14)

Before The Throne:

If you have difficulty forgiving others, pray about it. If you have no compassion for others, ask for it. Pray that God would help you to be merciful toward others, as He was toward you. Thank God for the mercy you have received and think about what your eternal future would be like without His mercy.

For Further Study:

** are. Matt 6:14-15; Matt 18:33-35; 2Sam 22:26; Job 31:16-22; Ps 18:25; Ps 37:26; Ps 41:1-4; Ps 112:4; Ps 112:9; Prov 11:17; Prov 14:21; Prov 19:17; Isa 57:1; Isa 58:6-12; Dan 4:27; Mic 6:8; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:35; Eph 4:32; Eph 5:1; Col 3:12; Jas 3:17; ** for. Hos 1:6; Hos 2:1, 23; Rom 11:30; 1Cor 7:25; 2Cor 4:1; 1Tim 1:13, 16; 2Tim 1:16-18; Heb 4:16; Heb 6:10; Jas 2:13; 1Pet 2:10;


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