Let's talk about mercy, the fifth Beatitude, Matthew 5:12, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." You know Mercy and forgiveness go hand in hand. Mercy and forgiveness is what God demonstrates to the undeserving sinner. That undeserving sinner is us. Did you know that the manner in which we forgive people is the manner in which we will be forgiven? This is the law of sowing and reaping – we will reap what we sow. Look at what it says in The Lord’s prayer: Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”
Mercy equals love in ACTION. How do we know if we are showing mercy. There are three marks of mercy: The First mark of mercy is do we forgive those who have FALLEN. When people make mistakes do we hold it over their heads or do we forgive them? If someone has hurt us – do we remember it every time we see the person and hold a grudge? Or do we treat the person as if it has never happened? God has a forgiving heart. Once we ask for His forgiveness, He treats us as if we had never done the wrong. He treats us as if we had never sinned. That is mercy. That is forgiveness. Colossians: 3;13, “Be quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.” Merciful people are forgiving people. Merciful people forgive the fallen. Second mark of merciful – is; do we help those who are HURTING. The Bible tells us over and over again that we are to help those who are around us. Look at what Proverbs 3:27, “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.” Remember: Mercy equals love in ACTION. There are people all around us who are hurting. You hurt – I hurt – we all hurt sometimes. Mercy is helping hurting people. Do we know that we are going to be judged on the way that we have treated other people? In Matthew 25:40, "Verily, verily, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." God’s going to ask us how we treated other people. God’s going to ask us if we helped the hurting. God’s going to ask us if we were merciful. The last mark of mercy is, do we do good to our ENEMIES? Look at what it says in Luke 6:35-36; “Love your enemies, do what is good expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” If we want to be like God – show mercy – even to those we don’t like. Do good to those who do evil to us. That’s exactly the opposite of what society says we should do.
Basically, mercy means helping everyone and expects nothing in return. Unconditional mercy, from God's unconditional love! Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.