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Matthew 5:7 (ESV): "7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
God demands that His people be merciful because He is a merciful God. That means we should never desire that people to get what they deserve but to obtain the mercy we have received. A.W. Tozer reminds us "If God had not been merciful there would have been no incarnation, no babe in the manger, no man on a cross and no open tomb."
The fifth Beatitude relates to mercy. The Greek word means "to care about others' needs, to be sympathetic and compassionate." Jesus expected His followers to display a level of care for sinners that is beyond human capability. We are to love people at their worst desiring nothing but the best for them. He goes on to say those who are merciful will obtain mercy, meaning real recipients give out what they have received!
How do relate to those who deserve judgment? Do you desire for them to experience the full brunt of God's wrath? If so, you are not walking in the Spirit. The Lord wants His ambassadors to be merciful towards sinners. That means having a sincere desire to see them. This is the heart of God. Give out what you have been given, amen?
Father, we praise You for who You are. You are a merciful God that desires the best for each of us. Help us to be like You. May we never forget the mercy we have received that we might give it back out to those around us in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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