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Show Mercy to Get Mercy

 

(Luke 6:35-36) “Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

(Matthew 5:7) “How blessed are those who are merciful, because it is they who will receive mercy!”

(Matthew 18:21-35) READ The parable of the unforgiving servant.

 

 

A man could not pay a debt to the king of 10,000 talents of silver (200 k years of labor) so he begged for mercy – and the king canceled the debt. The man then met a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii (a little over 100 days of labor). The man demanded payment and had his fellow servant thrown in prison when he could not pay. When the king heard about this lack of mercy from his servant towards someone else, he got angry and threw the servant whom he had forgiven and his family into prison forever.

Mercy is directly linked to Forgiveness. A compassionate heart is one of the signs that we have experienced God’s mercy first and have appreciated it. However, just like in the parable, there are those that have taken God´s love, grace, compassion, patience, mercy, and forgiveness for granted by continuing to destroy their own lives as well as those around them.

We are asked to show mercy not only on those that ask for it, but on those that will probably never appreciate it, or even think they need to receive it from you. It’s easier to forgive someone that humbly comes and asks for it, compared to showing that same love and compassion to the one that will continue to hurt you thinking they are doing nothing wrong.

We should never forget that God is just and see all things, even that which is deep within our hearts or what we say and do behind closed doors. Still, His mercy is available to us if we repent. Because of His grace and mercy towards us, He does not spend all day reminding you when you have sinned or gone against His will. Believe me, that would be a full-time career.

But by just forgiving us and loving us, He covers those sins with the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. It’s time for us to start doing the same for others so that His love does not stop flowing down from His throne of mercy and grace. By receiving mercy we can be set free from disease, not pay for the mistakes of our past and not to experience the devastating results of our continuous rebellion against God and His commandments.

 


The condition to receive blessings in the form of mercy is to be merciful ourselves. I think it’s worth it for our own benefit, even if others don’t appreciate it.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are Lord of heaven and earth, Lord of both the dead and the living, Lord the King.
• Thank You that Your mercy is new every morning and we get can start all over with You today.
• Forgive us for taking your compassion and forgiveness for granted all this time.
• Help us to live a life that is worthy of Your mercy towards us.
• We want to show mercy towards others that have hurt us or failed us in the past. Help us to forgive them the way You have forgiven us.
• Teach us how to love our enemies, to do good to them, and to lend to them without expecting anything in return.
• We declare that we will enjoy our great reward as You have promised because we are the sons of the Most High.

• We ask in Jesus’s Mighty name. Amen

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