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Be merciful

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 25, 2023 | MATTHEW 5:7

KEY VERSE: Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.


The human condition is a pitiable one, and people around us need the show of mercy to support them in their affliction. However, the natural trend in society is for each one to look towards their own welfare and care less about what happens to other people. The Kingdom citizen is called to a character of being merciful.

To be merciful is to have the attitude of having pity on other people and taking steps to bring them out of their challenges. This call to Christian mercifulness does not deny the fact that each of us may have our own burdens to bear.

When we are merciful it shows that we have become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), for God Himself is merciful. Mercy for humanity will move us to want to share the Gospel with those who do not know the lordship of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

The merciful are blessed because:

'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' (Acts 20:35 NIV). “… if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (Matt 6:14 NIV).

“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Prov 19:17 NIV). “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.” (Ps 41:2 NIV).


Look around you for people who may need your help. Overlook personal burdens and reach out to the needy. Expect God to show you mercy from above and through humans around you.


Merciful Father, thank you for reaching down into the darkness to save me and bless me. Please make me desirous of reaching out to people around me in mercy, to share physical and spiritual blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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