“Blessed are the Merciful,…” | The Beatitudes Series | Part 5

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Google defines mercy as showing compassion or forgiveness towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

I love it when God convicts me when writing a post. There’s a situation I’m currently dealing with which I don’t want to go into details here. Someone crossed a line and to be honest it seems justifiable for the person to learn the relevant lessons that comes with the action. I was very mad. So was everyone connected to the event. This person has been spoken to countless number of times but it seems what we’ve been saying have been falling on deaf ears.

In the middle of this, 3 nights ago I picked up my bible to study for this post. Although I have read and studied The Beatitudes previously, I didn’t remember mercy what was next.

Immediately i read the meaning of mercy, I got convicted because i realised that although its within my power to punish this person, mercy wants me to hold back.

God ALWAYS makes me remember where I’m coming from. He doesn’t do this to make me feel ashamed, but He does it so I can extend the same mercy shown to me daily to others.

In this case, I felt like a hypocrite. Actually I was. I was exerting my power and authority the way Jesus Christ wouldn’t have.

The world wants us to show and exert strength without feeling. They want us to say the truth without love. The truth is we cannot separate the two. Exerting strength without feeling is us being mean. Saying the truth without love can make us become judgemental. With everything going on in our world today, we need to show mercy to others more. We need to extend the blanket of mercy we enjoy daily to others. If God should remove mercy and judge us the way we deserve, none of us will stand.

I repented and started praying for the person instead. During the prayer, the Holy Spirit showed me exactly what the issue was and He is helping me handle the situation with wisdom.

I used to read the story of the debtor in Matthew 18:21-35 and get very angry at the attitude of the debtor. But that is what we do when we withhold mercy and forgiveness from others.

Jesus Christ knew what was ahead of the disciples. They were going on a rough ride with Him and He knew that for them to overcome and finish strong, they needed to have an unending well of mercy.

The blessing that comes with those who show mercy is that they too will receive mercy.

One thing the Holy Spirit pointed out to me about this case I’m handling is that mercy doesn’t always mean that there won’t be consequences. So in situations where trust has been broken, that needs to be rebuilt again. Mercy in this case doesn’t mean you have to lay your guards down. Rather it means doing whatever is being done from a heart of love.

So if you want to bask in God’s mercy, show mercy to others too. It can be difficult but I believe God will never ask us to do something He hasn’t given us the ability to handle.

I feel there is someone reading this post who is really finding it difficult to forgive someone who wronged him/her deeply. It’s someone you trusted and brought into a space you necessarily wouldn’t have allowed anyone else into. You were taken advantage of and now you feel justified not to forgive. You are keeping a distance out of hatred for this person not because you have forgiven and feel it’s healthy to keep the distance.

It is beneficial for you to let go sincerely because you won’t be able to enter into the new season of your life otherwise. It is so because you have caged your freedom in that box of anger.

I would encourage you to forgive and to pray for that person. As you continue to pray, the Holy Spirit will comfort your heart and will enable you to see things from His perspective. As such it will become easier to show mercy so God can begin the healing process in you. You might need to talk to someone about it as this might help you heal.

I pray for strength and wisdom for you.

Mercy is sacrificial. Mercy out-gives. 

Lastly i will like to point out that to be able to have a heart of mercy, we must have,

I think it’s becoming glaring that these attributes aren’t born with us. They can only be gotten from the Holy Spirit.

Remember to show mercy to those you will meet today. No one deserves it, including us.

❤️

 

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21 thoughts on ““Blessed are the Merciful,…” | The Beatitudes Series | Part 5

  1. That was good Efua. Its funny that when we withhold mercy from others, especially when they have wronged us, we somehow think that they will suffer, but its always the one who refuses to let go and show mercy that loses out in the end.

    “During the prayer, the Holy Spirit showed me exactly what the issue was and He is helping me handle the situation with wisdom.” Amen to this. How good is it when this kind of stuff happens.

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Yes bro. The one who refuses to show mercy certainly loses out in the end.

      And I have no words to describe the relief I got when I took it to God in prayer. Him showing me what the issue was helped me get my mind back. I just need to remember to do this everything.

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  2. Amen!❤️ So much better to forgive and show someone who’s wronged you the mercy they don’t deserve, than to hold on to that hurt and let that anger/embarassment/rejection/whatever build and fester, eating away at you, causing you to sin further, and destroying your witness for Christ.

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  3. Amen! I was just thinking today how sometimes the realizations we have as believers who have a farther walk with Christ may not be what others need. Sometimes it takes us to show mercy or patience. God showed me what I may want to say to help someone, may not be what they truly need in the moment. Like Paul saying the people he had taught were not ready for the meat so he had to continue with milk. This is not the same of course, but reading about mercy this is what it reminded me of 🙂

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    1. Glad this reminded you of that. I thank God. And I agree to what you said. One of the things God is helping me with is timing. The problem is not with what I say. It’s the time I say it. Saying the right thing at the wrong time can be problematic. And this realisation also gives more room to show mercy. I thank God for continuously teaching us.

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      1. Yes, so agree!!!! Timing is everything! God has shown me that sometimes I am not the one to bring issues to a person, depending on the situation, sometimes it has to be someone else. We all are unique and have different approaches. I’m so used to always explaining and feeling like since I never spoke up in the past I have to speak up now. God revealing that to me really helped me find solace in that. 🙂

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  4. You are the most beautiful spirit I have encountered, except for one person at work who is just an angel. I have been turned off by Christianity because of two friends I have. I forgot I asked about dinosaurs and my friend started yelling that the devil was in me not to ever question the bible again. And of course I suffer from depression and they teamed up on me saying that again it was the devil and I needed more God in my life and it was my fault because I don’t go to God. Whew! I had to cut them off. I am following you because I needed someone who has a loving God as you do and portrays him as such. Thank you for your beautiful words.

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    1. Thanks again for your kind words❤️
      I pray you experience Our loving God in a deep level like you’ve never had before.

      Gosh it must be very difficult battling depression. And it’s sad to hear how your friends reacted to what you said. God loves you so much and He has your best interest in His heart. He knows what you’re going through and I pray you are able to trust Him totally to help you go through life. You will always be in my prayers.❤️

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  5. Melina

    This really ministered to me Efua
    Who can show mercy?
    “A heart that is poor in Spirit. One that realises a need for God’s mercy. No “i can never do that” attitude.

    A heart that mourns. A contrite heart.
    A heart that is meek. Full of humility. One that understands that showing mercy isn’t something we can do by our ability.

    A heart that hungers and thirst for righteousness. Not wanting our way. But His way.”
    So powerful. Thank you 🙏

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