Be merciful.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  Matthew 5:7 

Jesus must be talking about you and me as God has treated us much, much better than we deserve.  If you doubt my saying so just go and slide open your closet door, set your thermostat to the desired comfortable temperature that you require, open the door to the fridge, stand in a hot shower for ten minutes, get a drink from the faucet or just flush the toilet.  There is a saying “Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.”  

Blessed are the merciful; that fundamental spiritual truth is the reality of grace, God’s grace.  Our Heavenly Father has been a witness to our daily sin and had mercy on us because of his great love for us; He gave us Jesus.  We are quite a lot as we’ve repeatedly proved to be unfaithful and undependable.  God has been gracious and merciful; He has repeatedly offered forgiveness, redemption, and salvation when we least deserved it. 

Mercy; rather than dealing with his children strictly as the law would demand, God has dealt with us as a loving father does with his children.  The mercy He has shown us really must show up in our attitudes.  How can we claim to be His children and not be merciful to those around us; His children?   

The mother and son living in the tent village in Croix de Bouquets in the attached photo know of His mercy; daily they understand His mercy.  In the body of believers, mercy rules; when we turn away from showing mercy to others in His family, then we better be prepared for judgment day.   Thank you for showing mercy, in your daily prayers and the unselfish giving of your abundance to such as these. 

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay