Title: Blessed are the Merciful

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Devotions, Jesus's Recipe For Life

In Matthew 5:7, Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount with the beatitude: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (NKJV). This verse emphasises the importance of extending compassion and forgiveness to others, reflecting the mercy we have received from God.

I will never forget the day when I stood with my wife Michelle as she forgave the man who molested her every weekend for six years as a child. It was a life changing moment for her. God gave her control of her life back after forty five years. Her grace drove a demon out of them both and she has flourished ever since. Grace and evil can’t live in the same town and evil is always the first to leave. That my friends is whats so amazing about Grace.

Mercy is a fundamental attribute of God’s character. Throughout Scripture, we see God’s mercy demonstrated toward His people, despite their shortcomings and failures. As recipients of God’s mercy, we are called to extend the same grace and compassion to others, especially to those who have wronged us.

Jesus promises a blessing to those who are merciful. They will obtain mercy—not only from God but also from others. By showing mercy, we open the door for reconciliation, healing, and restoration in relationships. Our acts of mercy reflect the transformative power of God’s love and forgiveness.

This beatitude challenges us to examine our attitudes and actions toward others. Do we harbour resentment and hold grudges, or do we choose to forgive and show compassion? Are we quick to judge and condemn, or do we seek to understand and extend grace?

As we reflect on Matthew 5:7, let’s consider these questions:

  • How does my understanding of God’s mercy influence my interactions with others?
  • In what areas of my life do I struggle to show mercy and forgiveness?
  • What steps can I take to cultivate a more merciful heart and attitude toward those around me?

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, Papa God, we thank You for Your abundant mercy toward us. Help us to reflect Your mercy in our relationships and interactions with others. Teach us to forgive as we have been forgiven and to show compassion to those in need. May Your mercy flow through us, bringing healing and reconciliation to broken lives and relationships. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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