We have learned that to be merciful we need to receive mercy from God. He is the source of mercy. We also learned that after we receive mercy, we are supposed to share that mercy with others. Today we will learn the next stage of being merciful.
3 – THE MERCIFUL RECEIVES MORE MERCY
This is what our text says: “Matt. 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
A. They will Receive More Mercy from God
It is important for us to understand that this mercy is from God. God will give to the merciful more mercy. That means, the more you give, the more you receive.
One thing very important for us to understand is that we have to start with what we have and gradually grow from there. Maybe you do not have courage nor the stomach to work with homeless people. You can start with people around you, people right in your congregation, people who have needs and you are the closest one.
As you go performing acts of mercy, God will supply you with more mercy, so you can keep doing your service.
In the Bible Jesus told us a story about being merciful. It is the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is a beautiful story and a great illustration about being merciful.
We find the story in the Gospel of Luke 10:29-37. The story goes this way:
“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””
I underlined the main aspects of this story. The event, the people involved, and the conclusion. At the end Jesus asked the lawyer, who started this whole conversation, who was the neighbor of that guy who was attacked. The answer was “the one who had mercy on him.”
That kind of person is my neighbor. That person is the merciful one. They are those who see a need and do something about it. I hope and pray that we will be that kind of person.
Have a blessed week,