Matthew 5:7 (ESV)

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Read Matthew Chapter 5


“Mercy”

As we look at the Beatitudes found in the Sermon on the Mount, we see the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ on display for all to see. But many of these blessings are ignored or misunderstood and the value they contain is sadly missed.

Each Beatitude flows into the next like streams of living water . . .

When I’m poor in spirit, I recognize I have no righteousness in myself. I come to God empty, unable to earn His favor or deserve His grace.

When I realize my true condition before God, I mourn over my sinfulness and grieve over the state of mankind. I see sin for what it is, an offense to God.

When people sin against me, I am meek because God showed me grace when I sinned against Him. Gentleness is the expression of His grace towards me and to them.

When I hunger and thirst for His righteousness, my soul receives the nutrients it needs from Him instead of in worldly things that will never satisfy.

When the consequences of sin come crashing down on people, the next Beatitude leads us to our proper response . . . mercy!

If grace is God’s compassion on those who do not deserve it, mercy is His empathy.

God is a merciful God who is rich in mercy. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:4-7, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

While it’s by God’s grace that we are saved through faith, it’s God’s mercy towards us in love that He gave us Jesus Christ!

As I was reflecting on God’s mercy, a hymn came to mind that we used to sing at Wilson Christian Academy when I was a kid. The lyrics were written by William R. Newell in 1895.

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

What a wonderful memory of a song that had little meaning to me when I was young. Nearly 40 years later, it brings joy to my soul and I’m thankful God brought it to my mind.

When I consider Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy,” and how much mercy was shown to me on the cross at Calvary, how could I withhold mercy from anyone for anything? One way would be to lose sight of all that has been done for me!

Having mercy is never at the expense of truth, but truth needs to be spoken in love.

Because I’ve been shown such great mercy, I should have mercy on others by looking past whatever offense I may be the recipient of.

Father, thank you for your mercy to me, a sinner. I pray that as I am confronted and could have a reason to be offended by what someone says or does, you would remind me of all you have done for me so that I in turn may be Christ to them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Thank you for reading my Daily Bible Journal!

Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.

This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”

I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.

For God’s Glory,

~Scott Quillin