In our first message about this important Beatitude, we learned that mercy, the real mercy comes from God. He is a merciful God and He shares with us his mercy. Here is the verse: “Matt. 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
The second aspect in this cycle is that the mercy is not supposed to stop with us. We cannot be selfish and retain all the mercies that God has given to us. Today we will learn that there is another step in this cycle.
2 – THE MERCIFUL SHARES MERCY WITH HIS/HER NEIGHBOR
After receiving mercy from God, we are challenged to share this mercy with people around us.
This is one of the biggest challenges that we face in this whole process. We are by nature selfish and egoistical people. Even though we pretend not to be. We just love to accumulate whatever we receive from God, forgetting that He gave to us so we would be able to share with others who don’t have. Let us take a look at what we are supposed to share.
- Sharing Material Things – The first is the material possessions. We should share material things with people who have less, whatever their needs are. The world continues to be divided by the ones who have and the ones who have not. Those who have are supposed to share. This is what the Bible says: “Deut. 15:7-8 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.”
It is important for us to understand that God gave to us so we should be able to give to others.
- Sharing Spiritual Things – We also should share spiritual things with those who need; the salvation, our love, prayers, support, etc. Unfortunately, we live in a time when we are so focused on material things, that we forget the spiritual aspects of life. As Christians, we should discipline ourselves to share spiritual blessings with others around us. This is what the Bible says: “Jude 22-23 Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear — hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
My friend, as you can see, the merciful that Jesus had in mind, receives mercy from God and shares with others who need them. Those mercies are material and spiritual. We cannot pick and choose which one we will share. The merciful should be able to recognize both needs and share mercy accordingly. In this way we will be blessed and extremely happy.
Have a blessed week,