“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
-Matthew 5:7 NIV
In our current national/political climate, there isn’t a lot of mercy being shown. I’m talking about you and me as citizens. We’ve drawn our lines and are now arguing our positions. We need to be merciful. All of us. Mercy involves sympathy, empathy, and compassion. Many of us do very little to try to understand where others are coming from. We seem to care very little why they feel the way they do. Mercy moves us to better understand these things. It doesn’t mean we need to alter our beliefs or convictions, but mercy causes us to better understand. Where there is understanding, there can be empathy and compassion. Mercy means we afford others the same treatment we have received from God Himself. God is love, and His action in Jesus proves it. Jesus became human to understand first-hand what it is to be human. We deserved punishment for our sin, Jesus took it on Himself. As children of God, our words and actions are a billboard to the world. Others form their opinions of God based on what we say and do. What will others see in you? Harshness and hostility, or empathy and understanding? Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.