Mercy • Devotion #2: Mercy Triumphs over Judgment

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7

One of the things I absolutely love about the Bible is how within its pages it can hold such mind-boggling, earth-shattering, and cosmically-altering truths, while also giving us every day, practical, life wisdom. Sometimes, you even get all of that within the exact same verse. I believe this is true for the Beatitudes, with so much depth, yet so much practical wisdom as well. When I read Jesus saying, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy,” I first think of my own personal relationships. I want to be known as someone who is quick to give mercy and slow to give judgment. When my wife makes a mistake, I want my first reaction to be mercy. Then when I make one of my many mistakes, I pray that she will show me mercy as well. How can I expect mercy for the mistakes that I make in my life if I am never giving mercy as well? I would encourage you to pray that the Lord would soften your heart if your first reaction is normally anger and judgment to others instead of mercy. The Lord can change your reactions, even if you feel like you cannot be changed.

However, to take this deeper, I want to be like Jesus and show mercy to people knowing that since I am saved, one day Jesus is going to give me the greatest amount of mercy imaginable. He is going to let me into His kingdom and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant” because of my faith in Him. If the way you live your life looks nothing like the way Jesus commands us to live, then I would pray that today you reevaluate how you are living. We only have the ability to extend mercy to others because of the great mercy that Jesus has shown us. I keep thinking of the song lyric, “Your mercy triumphs over judgment.” The Lord desires to show mercy to each and every one of us if we would just accept Him. If we deny Him, then we will one day receive the proper judgment for our sin. Think of the mercy you have received from the Lord, or even think of the mercy you have received from other people in your life, take the challenge today to be more merciful just like our Lord is merciful.

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