Why Not Be Merciful and Obtain Mercy
Matthew 5: 7
4Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Forgiveness and mercy are what God demonstrates to the undeserving sinner.
Romans 3:23 declares “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. According to this scripture, that undeserving sinner is us.
The scriptures also teach that the manner in which we forgive people is the manner in which we shall be forgiven.
Does not the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6:12 declare for us to forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors?
How do we show mercy and forgiveness when we are dealing with forgiving our-self?
There are some people that you just have to love at a distance and others claim that you need your enemies closer than your friends but I will let you make the decision on that.
There is not one person in the whole world worth you allowing them the power to control your life.
Only God has that right, if you have completely turned it over to him.
God does not expect you to become somebody’s trash can.
It is very hard to forgive someone who has torn our heart out and stepped on it.
Some have stated that if you cannot forget then you still are not forgiving the person.
Dear reader, do you think that God can forget when we have done wrong when he knows all?
He is beholding the past, present and future all at the same time.
When he states that all our sins will be cast into the sea of forgetfulness means that the payment for them has been made and they will not be held against us now or in the judgment at the last day.
They have been placed on Jesus and God can now show us mercy.
When we forgive someone who has deeply hurt us, we simply release them of being accountable to us for the sin and look to God to bring justice in his time.
The first work of a Christian should be to show mercy. Again, the scriptures teach that those who are merciful shall be shown mercy.
Just as we need God’s mercy every day, we need to extend mercy to others.
Jesus told his disciples that they should forgive man their trespasses 70x70 a day.
Do you think he would ask us to do something that he is not willing to do?
Get it in our big head that he loves us and desires to see us grow in his kingdom.
He said that he will never leave us but would go all the way with us even to the end of the age.
Now that’s a God we can put our trust in.
I am talking about the abundant life which is found in Christ and if we fall short, God is a restorer.
It is not my brother or my sister but it is me oh Lord standing in the need of prayer.
Help me come out of my comfort zone and have a clean heart to do thy will. Lord, your word says that they that are in leadership are the ones that ascend and they must have a clean heart.
But what about those who bring their gift to the altar which could be singing, preaching or some other gift and they remember there are some unfinished business with another brother or sister.
The word says to go and make things right then come back and offer up your gift.
We are now entering a time of spiritual cleansing and we are all becoming the same size.
There are no big I’s and no little U’s in the body of Christ.
We are being conditioned now by the Holy Spirit where everyone is flowing together in the gifts.
We are entering a time of unity in the body of Christ.
We are no accident. Nobody has our DNA or our finger prints.
We each have a lot to fill in God’s eternal plan and purpose.
Nobody else can do what we were chosen to do so there is no place for jealousy to be in our ranks.
God needs all kinds of people to reach all the different cultures and ethnic groups in our world. We need to start caring for one another and quit being selfish and isolated.
We must have the right attitude toward God and our fellow men.
If we are true Christians then we are blood brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are bound by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and not doctrines or denominations.
We need to realize that we are in a fight.
The enemy loves for us to fight among our selves.
If we are in a fight, and we are not fighting each other then we must realize that we need to fight together as one colossal body.
When we discover the plot of our enemy uses to bring division among us and unite together in love, we will experience a spiritual divine strength from within and become a powerful force that will begin reclaiming ground that the enemy through lies and deceit had been wrongfully taken from us.
We then can begin to fight our battles together from the side of the victory that has already been won.
There is a powerful strength and force in unity.
Every moment is a precious gift from God.
God wants us to manage our time and invest it in something worth while.
Let us extend mercy and forgiveness and in doing so, we will release our-selves and be a useful vessel in the Lord’s vineyard.
© 2013 Jerry W Hulse