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They Shall Receive Mercy

May 11, 2019

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They Shall Receive Mercy

Witnessing a most loving act of mercy and kindness  brought about thoughts of Jesus  in Matthew 5:7.     In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount,  He said,

Blessed are the merciful,  for they shall receive mercy.

God wants us  to be merciful and kind  in all our ways  because that is how He is  in His holiness  and in all His dealings  with us.     With our self-centered,  sinful natures,  we can find it a challenge  to be merciful and kind.     That is why we need  to always remember God’s bountiful mercies  towards us.     God does not have to be kind and good  to us,  because we are not deserving  of His mercy.     Nevertheless,  God’s love for us  brings about His many mercies.

As we fess up  to our many rebellions and sins,  we need to pray  for mercy,  as David did in Psalm 86:15-16,

But Thou,  O Lord,  art a God merciful and gracious,   
Slow to anger  and abundant  in lovingkindness and truth.    
Turn to me,  and be gracious to me;   
O grant Thy strength  to Thy servant.

And,  as David often did,  we need to acknowledge  and give thanks  for the Lord’s mercies,  as David did  in Psalm 145:9,

The LORD is good to all,   
And His mercies are over all His works.

Jesus even commands us  to be merciful  in Luke 6:36,

Be merciful,  just as your Father is merciful.

To be merciful is to be kind and good  to those who are in trouble,  miserable and afflicted — even just having a bad hair day.     We need to have a kind desire  to help others.     Being merciful is something we should do  right in our own homes  on an everyday basis.     Those we are with every day  need kind and merciful acts of love  to make their day go better.

Every day we are aware of those  who purposely try  to be mean and nasty.     They will take unfair advantage of others,  do supposedly “little” things  to make others miserable,  and be pleased  with themselves  as they see others suffer.     In all this,  we need to think  about how Jesus says  in Matthew 5:7“Blessed are the merciful,  for they  shall receive mercy.”     It is not the unmerciful  who will receive God’s mercy.     But the merciful will receive  God’s abundant mercy,  even though they are sinners  like everyone else.

As God blesses our day,  may we desire  to bless the day  of those around us,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, thank You  for Your mercy  towards us  every day.     Always keep our eyes open  to the many mercies  You bring our way — and let us pass Your mercies on  to those around us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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