The mercy in this world are not taken to be wise; they are rather see as fools and weaklings.
The merciful are not normally the richest in this world, yet Christ pronounced them blessed.
A man who is truly merciful, who may have no means to be bountiful or liberal is accepted by God because he’s willing mind.
The merciful I had us who have regard for the weak, Poor and downtrodden. The psalmist pronounces him blessed:
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble. The Lord will
protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes,the Lord will sustain him in his sick bed and restore him from his bed of illness( Psalms 41 verse 1).
Our God is a god of Mercy and forgiveness. We all exist because of his mercy. When we are merciful to others we abide in this godly quality, and resemble our maker, whose goodness is His glory.
We must delight in doing good to others, by sharing their afflictions patiently, and in true pity.
We owe compassion to the souls of others and need to help them. Pity should be
shown to the ignorant through instruction. will show mercy by warning the careless and snatching those in the state of sin from darkness into the light of Christ.
Those who are merciful will be shown mercy. We all need mercy. we may not know
how soon we may stand in the need of kindness and therefore we should be kind. God will show himself merciful to those who show mercy to others, whereas they shall
have judgement without mercy, who have not shown mercy to others. Be kind to those
you meet on your way up,peradventure, you may meet them on your way down. a Little kindness can make a big difference.
Where Does Mercy Come From?
“Mercy comes from mercy. Our mercy to each other comes from God’s mercy to us.”
So the answer to the first question is that
mercy comes from a heart that has first felt its spiritual bankruptcy. The heart has come to grieve its sin, and has learned to wait
meekly for the timing of the Lord, and to cry out in hunger for the work of God’s mercy to satisfy us with the righteousness we need.
The mercy that God blesses is itself the blessing of God. It grows up like fruit in a broken heart, a meek spirit, and a soul that
hungers and thirsts for God to be merciful. Mercy comes from mercy. Our mercy to each other comes from God’s mercy to us.
The key to becoming a merciful person is to become a broken person. You get the power
to show mercy from the real feeling in your heart that you owe everything you are and have to sheer divine mercy. Therefore, if we want to become merciful people, it is
imperative that we cultivate a view of God and ourselves that helps us to say with all our heart that every joy and virtue and distress of our lives is owing to the free and undeserved mercy of God.
What Is a Merciful Person Like?
Sometimes it helps to get something clear if we can view it over against its opposite. So I have tried to find where mercy is contrasted
with its opposite. Matthew and Luke give some very helpful illustrations. First, let’s look at Matthew 9:10–13.
And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And
when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well
have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mercy Versus Sacrifice
In this illustration, the opposite of mercy is sacrifice. Verse 13: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” This is a quote from Hosea 6:6, where God accuses the people that their
love is like the dew on the grass. It is there for a brief morning hour, and then is gone, and all that is left is the empty form of burnt offerings.
The point is that God wants his people to be alive in their hearts. He wants them to have feelings of affection toward him and mercy
toward each other. He does not want a people who do their religious duties in a perfunctory or merely formal way.
In this chapter, Jesus views sinners as sick and miserable people in need of a physician, even though they were the rich money movers of the day, the tax collectors. They are sick, and he has the medicine.
But all that the Pharisees see is a ceremonial problem with becoming contaminated by eating with sinners. Their
life seems to be a mechanical implementation of rules. Something huge was at stake here, but they could not see it or feel it.
They were enslaved to the trivial issues of ceremonial cleanness when eternal sickness was about to be healed. Thus, the opposite of mercy is bondage to religious triviality.
Mercy Versus to Straining Out Gnats
Let’s look at another example of this same idea (Matthew 23:23–24).
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier
matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!”
What is the opposite of mercy in these stinging words of the Lord? The opposite of mercy is the straining out of gnats. The
opposite of mercy is when your religious impulses are exhausted after you have decided whether to tithe your gross income or your net income or your birthday gifts.
The lesson we learn from the words of Jesus when he says, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,” and, “You strain out a gnat and
swallow a camel,” is that a great obstacle and enemy to mercy is the preoccupation with trifles in life. The bondage to triviality is the curse of the unmerciful.
When Jesus says, “Don’t neglect the weightier matters of the law,” he means, “Beware of going through the day doing only trivial things, thinking only trivial thoughts,
feeling only trivial feelings. The Lord wants us to pinch ourselves again and again, lest we be found swooning in front of the television, making no plans for the weighty matter of mercy.
Blessed are the merciful. Therefore, if you want to be blessed, you must make war against the bondage of religious and secular
trifles, and devote your life to the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, faith. Mercy is no trifle, it is one of the weightiest matters in all of life.
Mercy in the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Another illustration of the opposite of mercy is found in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37).
And behold a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” And
he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all
your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.”
The man asked Jesus how a person should act who may expect to find mercy at the judgment day and inherit eternal life. Jesus
answers that the persons who will receive the mercy of eternal life are those who have loved God with all their hearts and their
neighbor as themselves. In other words, “Blessed are those who are merciful now to their neighbor, for they shall receive the mercy of eternal life in the future.”
So this story is very relevant to our text this morning: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” This will be even more
obvious when we look at the parable that follows. The lawyer asks, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus answers with the parable of the Good Samaritan (verses 30–37).
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho [and so he was probably a Jew and thus hated by the Samaritans], and he fell among robbers, who
stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance, a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw
him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took
care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I
come back.’ Which of the three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” [The lawyer] said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
FOUR DIMENSIONS OF MERCY
Here we have a very sharp photograph of mercy and its opposite. Mercy has four dimensions in this story.
It sees distress (verse 33): “A Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and he saw him”).
It responds internally with a heart of compassion or pity toward a person in distress (verse 33): “When he saw him, he had compassion on him”).
It responds externally with a practical effort to relieve the distress (verse 33): “He went
to him and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him”).
It acts even when the person in distress is an enemy (verse 33): “But a Samaritan . . . “). A half-breed Jew with a warped religious tradition stops to help the Jew who hates him.
An eye for distress, a heart of pity, an effort to help, in spite of enmity — that’s mercy.
DO YOU HAVE EYES TO SEE?
Isn’t it remarkable that this parable makes the same point as Matthew 9:13? There Jesus said, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I
desire mercy and not sacrifice.’” Here he says, “Go and show mercy like the Samaritan, not like the priest and the Levite.” The priest and the Levite stand for the same
thing in the parable that the word “sacrifice” stands for in Matthew 9:13, namely, empty religious formalism.
“If you want to be blessed, you must make war against the bondage of religious and secular trifles.”
Jesus made up this story. Why did he choose to illustrate the opposite of mercy with a priest and a Levite? Why did he choose a pastor and a minister of music? Is
it not a warning to all of us that there are far too many people who are caught up in the mechanics of religious activity with no eye
to see distress, no heart to respond with compassion, and no effort to bring the relief of the gospel?
we should say that mercy is one of the weightier matters of life. It is always in danger of being neglected because of our preoccupation with trifles, whether secular
trifles like watching too much television or consuming yourself with some hobby, or religious trifles. What’s a religious trifle? A
religious trifle is any religious activity (from preaching to praying, from teaching to tithing) — any religious activity at all that does not cultivate a heart that is taken up
with the weightier matters of life, like mercy. The proof of the religious pudding is in the power to see distress, feel pity, perform relief, and all of that even toward an enemy.
Should a Merciful Person Always Show Mercy?
Real life is very complex for Christian people who seriously want to live out their faith in a sinful world. How would you answer these questions?
Can a Christian be consistently merciful and yet be a parent who spanks a child for disobedience instead of turning the other cheek to the child’s insolence?
Can a Christian be consistently merciful and yet be an employer who pays good wages for excellent work, but dismisses irresponsible employees who do shoddy work?
Can a Christian be consistently merciful and yet be a legislator who enacts laws that give stiff penalties for drunk driving and child abuse?
Can a Christian be consistently merciful and yet be on a council of elders who follow the biblical mandate for church discipline and excommunicate a member for unforsaken, public sin?
Each of these four questions corresponds to a sphere of life: family, business and economics, government and law
enforcement, and church. My answer to the questions is that it is God’s will that as long as this age lasts there be a mingling of mercy and justice in all these spheres.
Mingle Justice and Mercy
God’s will is that sometimes we recompense people with what they deserve, whether punishment or reward (call that justice). And
God’s will is that sometimes we recompense people with better than what they deserve (call that mercy). In upholding the claims of
justice, we bear witness to the truth that God is a God of justice. In showing mercy we bear witness to the truth that God is a God of mercy.
A biblical parent will usually follow the wisdom that sparing the rod spoils the child (Proverbs 13:24; Ephesians 6:4). But there will be times when a child’s fault will be
forgiven without punishment to teach the meaning of mercy and woo the child to Christ.
A biblical judge will usually be scrupulously just by impartially sentencing criminals according to the grievousness of their crimes (Romans 13:4). But there will be times when he will dispense clemency for some greater good.
A biblical employer will usually pay a fair wage and insist on good workmanship (2 Thessalonians 3:10). But there will be times
when he will pay more than a person’s work deserves, and go an extra mile, with a sick or aging or distressed or inadequately trained employee.
A biblical elder will call public sin in the church to account and exercise discipline and even exclusion from the fellowship (1
Corinthians 5:1–13), but will also remember the parable of the wheat and the tares that teaches patience with the imperfection of the church till the end of the age (Matthew 13:24–30).
When Do we Show Justice or Mercy?
If we ask, “How shall we know when to do justice and how to show mercy?” I would answer that it’s by getting as close to Jesus
as you possibly can. I know of no hard and fast rules in Scripture to dictate for every situation, and I don’t think this is an
accident. The aim of Scripture is to produce a certain kind of person, not provide an exhaustive list of rules for every situation.
“We must be merciful people even when we act with severity in the service of justice.”
The beatitude says, “Blessed are the
merciful,” not, “Blessed are those who know exactly when and how to show mercy in all circumstances.” We must be merciful people even when we act with severity in the service of justice. That is, we must be:
1.poor in spirit,
2.sorrowful for our own sin,
3.meekly free from defensiveness and self-exaltation,
4.hungering and thirsting for all that is right to be done,
5.perceptive of a person’s distress and misery,
6.feeling pity for his pain,
7.and making every effort to see the greatest good done for the greatest number
Why Do Only Merciful People Find Mercy From God?
Why will only merciful people find mercy from God in the judgment day, if salvation is by grace through faith?
Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” In other words, in the age to come when we meet God face
to face, the people who will receive mercy from him are people who have been merciful.
Is this a salvation by works? Do we earn his mercy by our mercy? No, because an “earned mercy” would be a contradiction in terms.
If mercy is earned, it is not mercy; it’s a wage. Be assured, if we get anything good at the judgment, it will be mercy — one hundred percent mercy!
When God asks for a record of your mercy at the judgment day, he will not be asking for a punched time card. You won’t say, “Here it is, eight hours of mercy. Now where’s my wage?”
Instead, God will be asking for your medical charts. You will hand them to him in all lowliness and meekness, and there he will
read the evidences of how you trusted him as your divine Physician, and how the medicine of his word and the therapy of his
Spirit took effect in your life, because you relied on them to heal you of your unmerciful disposition.
And when he sees the evidence of your faith and his healing, he will complete your
healing and welcome you into the kingdom forever. Therefore, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
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