Beatitude #5- “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (from Matthew 5:7)
Mercy is an attribute of God and God is its only source. Mercy withholds that which the offender deserves and is motivated out of love. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us” (Ephesians 2:4) He is abundantly merciful, not stingy with mercy, but pouring it out lavishly upon us. I can personally testify to this truth in my own life!
Though the wording here may seem to be saying that we receive mercy only because we show mercy, it is in reality quite the contrary. Only as we experience first hand and realize personally God’s great mercy toward us, are we then able to be merciful to others. Our mercy, thus demonstrated outwardly through our attitudes and actions, is then the confirmation that we have indeed received mercy (and come to understand it and grasp it) from God in our own lives. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) This is indeed a happy state in which to dwell! Psalm 86:15