September 13, 2018 Give Thanks

 

Revelation 7_12

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Matthew 5:7 Having Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Mercy is not giving out a punishment that someone deserves. God is seen as full of mercy. As a sinful human being, every person on this earth deserves punishment in the worst possible method, yet God loves people and is willing to forgive them.

Every person loves to have mercy shown to themselves. People often beg a creditor that they owe to allow them some extra time to pay the bill. The courts are filled with people who have committed a crime begging the judge for mercy in the sentencing.

While everyone wants mercy, very few want to give that same mercy. Most people are out for revenge on someone who hurt them.

Often it is said that the people in the church are the worst at this. Many more “mature” believers all too often will condemn a newer believer for doing something they have learned to not do or feel God does not want them to do. Or someone has wronged them and people want full judgment brought down.

Along with inside the church, many believers also cast harsh judgment upon the world. Often many will pray that God destroy a non-believer who is in leadership. They forget that at one time they were a non-believer. The world does only what they know to do. As a believer you must show them the love and mercy of Jesus.

It is often seen when a disaster hits an area, believers say that they had it coming because of all the sinful practices done there.

You should not be quick to condemn a person. Yes their actions may be sinful and they refuse to follow God and are heading towards hell, but you must see them as God does–a lost child.

Jesus said that if you want mercy, you must show mercy. Be willing to work with a person with faults, not just condemn. You can show the wrongs being done, but don’t punish them as quickly. Ask God for guidance in when to show mercy. There is a time for punishment, but not always.

Remember if God did not show you mercy, where would you be today?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to show His mercy to others; that God will guide you in how to show that mercy; that you will be filled with God’s love for people; that God will show you mercy in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.