Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.(Matthew 5:1-2)
Did You Know?That originally the name of the Messiah was Hebrew name of the The Messiah, pronounced Yahushua or (Yehoshua). This is the Messiah’s original name. The Messiah’s name is actually the same name as Joshua, Son of Nun, correctly pronounced “Yahushua.” The modern form “Jesus” doesn’t remotely resemble the original name that the disciples used.
Jesus teaches at Matthew 5:7 that, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Here Jesus teaches a valuable lesson: That if one shows mercy to others they will be shown mercy. By who? The judge of mankind, The Most High God Himself.
If we are unwilling to show mercy to others, how can we expect to be shown mercy from God who Himself is merciful? What kind of worshipers would we be if we did not show others mercy?
Granting others mercy comes at the asking of the one seeking mercy. If someone wrongs us or trespasses against us and we hold the power to punish or harm and we do not wield that power, we show mercy. So, mercy is about the power to punish or harm or not too.
In a world where everyone defines for themselves what is right (righteous) and what is wrong (unrighteous), wars, crime, strife, and injustice have resulted. On one side, what is righteous (good) is viewed as unrighteous (evil) by those on the other side. What is unrighteous (evil) is viewed as righteous (good) by those on the other side.
One of the most difficult things to do is to forgive, pardon, or show mercy to someone who has wronged you; or you feel is not worthy of mercy.
It is important to note that mercy is associated with power. All of us have this power.
But, we are able to do what is very difficult to do – grant mercy to someone – when we need to be shown mercy from God, we shall be given it.
Sadly, the world does not practice mercy. The world is a cruel and unmerciful place. It holds on to things. It does not let go until others are harmed or devastated. And, even then, it gloats at what it has done to others.
Mercy from God could mean everlasting life for us in His kingdom.