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Mercy In Action
Mercy In Action

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matt. 5:7)

This word mercy is rich in its original meanings, among them: "to be gracious; to console; to bring help to the afflicted." Mercy is an action word; it rolls up its sleeves and gets to work when the need arises. Not surprisingly, most of the biblical references dealing with mercy speak of God. Hundreds of verses remind us that he Lord is merciful and long-suffering toward sinners. "Merciful and gracious" is a combination often used to describe Him. All the more awesome, then, is our Saviour's command: "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful" (Luke 6:36). One can hear someone saying, "I should measure up to a standard like that? No way!" The fact is that the whole Christian life contains standards to which we cannot possibly conform, short of a miracle. But that is just what God offers to do for each believer, as the Holy Spirit creates in an otherwise bankrupt and helpless personality the very attributes of our Lord! Paul calls them the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Small thought here
The classic illustration of mercy in action is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). After telling the inquiring lawyer this story about the wounded victim who had been ignored by both priest and Levite, but aided by the Samaritan, Jesus asked, "Which now of these three . . . was neighbor unto him that fell among thieves?" Immediately came the reply: "He that showed mercy on him." Show mercy to someone today, dear friend. You'll be a blessing!