Blessed ARE the merciful. Part of what is commonly called the Beatitudes in religious circles. I wonder how many who have read Brother Don Merritt’s article below, or those who might be reading it for the first time, know that “showing mercy” is a ministry gift from the Holy Spirit? It is one of the gifts of service to others, just like teaching, pastoring, etc., meant to edify or build up the Body of Christ. Did you know that everyone can show mercy, but some have been given an extra amount of faith to accomplish this service to others.
I’ve been trying to serve the Lord and His people in different capacities for just about five decades and I can tell you emphatically this is a real gift and very apparent in some people. Here’s what the Apostle Paul wrote about it: “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” – Romans 12:4-8.
As you read, remember, Mercy is something we receive from the Lord and NOT based on our ability to earn it. Remember that when you have a chance to share that Mercy with others and the importance it is within the Body of Christ. Also, if you haven’t already, please visit Brother Don Merritt’s site. He is an excellent teacher and that is no exaggeration. He has many, many teachings spanning the Bible and you WILL be blessed!
Mercy is the most fundamental aspect of our relationship with God. We only have a relationship with God because of His tremendous mercy, for without it, we are permanently estranged from Him. Thus, Jesus teaches mercy on our parts as a foundational requirement of being His disciple.
We have received His mercy; we are to show mercy to others when the occasion arises. We have received His love; we are to show love to others. How can we show mercy without love, and love without mercy? Yes, this is fundamental.
The person who has received God’s mercy and who shares God’s mercy with others, both through the Gospel and through our own attitudes and actions, will in the end, receive mercy when those who have refused it receive God’s judgment; this is also a fundamental truth.
Now we come to the reversal of this: What kind of person does not show…
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