“Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
Mercy in Scripture is connected with the love of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that God is desiring a time when He can freely be God to His people. They write: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 (NIV) What a great thing to know that the sins that we commit will not be remembered by God.
Love in its purest form is not about what we get, but what we give. God demonstrated love in giving His full love, in Jesus Christ, to save and redeem us. John reminds us of this sacrificial love:
1 John 4:10-11 (NIV)
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Jesus, entered into our world, born in a barn, because no one wanted to make room for Him. John tells us that God loves us and it is shown in His sending Jesus as our Sacrifice. Yet, in John’s Gospel he writes that “…the darkness has not understood” (John 1:5). Humanity, is why Jesus came to walk among sinners, and to die for us all. Yet, in this world we are so inhumane toward each other. Sin has so corrupted us that we can hardly see the Love of God. We cannot see the hope of Jesus.
We live in a time when I often hear people cutting down the foreigners and alien among us. I remember a few years back reminding a farmer that had the church been the church long ago then maybe the government wouldn’t have to force people to use their money to help the poor through government programs.
God has shown us mercy, not because we deserve it, but because it is His nature to love. Jesus instructs we who follow Him to do the same. We are not to judge the motives or the need, but we are to love people. We are to show compassion, since we have been shown great compassion ourselves.
May God help us to open our eyes and see the world in His eyes. May we know his mercy, so we can share that mercy in our world.