A Promise of Mercy (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 191)
Matthew 5:7 (NLT)
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Parents and teachers often teach young children the Golden Rule: to treat others as you would like to be treated. Good people want to extend kindness, grace, and mercy to others because it is a two-way street. Reaping what we sow is a universal law that always proves to be true.
However, some in our society believe that being kind and showing mercy to others will backfire. The exchange “turn the other cheek” for “an eye for an eye.” The lack of civility in the world has become a problem for far too many people. Little do many realize that kindness pays its own path forward in more ways than one. Mercy is the nature of God and it should be our nature as well.
Believers should align with the character and truth of Christ. No matter who it is to or where it is at, Jesus commands us to be merciful. And Jesus’ command is not without a promise. We don’t show mercy just to receive mercy from people in return. But the mercy for believers of Christ comes directly from God, the creator and judge of all the world.
“God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.”
— Charles Spurgeon