Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, mercy is: compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment.
It could also mean, imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder.
Lastly, it could also refer to compassionate treatment of those in distress.
I had several opportunities this week to ponder on this verse. I suppose it comes quite easily for many of us to be merciful when we see those in distress and in need. It is harder not to do anything, isn’t it?
God however, taught me this verse in a new light this week. Having a merciful heart also includes being humble and forgiving. It is easy to be humble with nice people (hehe!) but it is harder when you are at the receiving end of their judgmental attitude or prideful arrogance. Rather than being at the mercy of such people, God wants me to demonstrate mercy to them. Not outwardly perhaps, but in my thoughts and attitudes towards them.
Instead of wishing for the persons to “learn the lessons for themselves” eventually, I am slowly learning to bless them. How often God allows irritants into our lives to expose the very faults in us that we despise in others.
The pleasure of God has to be the motivating force of it all, for without it, any determination to change or improve would prove to be an ephemeral effort.