Lent – Day 5 – A Study of Matthew 5
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
We have no place from which to boast in our perfection without sin, no position from which we can judge others for their short comings and failures, no righteousness that exceeds God’s justice. So then, we are debtors to the Spirit [Romans 8:12] to love and to extend mercy and grace to others in the same measure we need to receive mercy and grace.
Mercy is that quality of human character that compassionately understands the frailty of humanity and instead of demanding a penalty for a transgression or offense we extend mercy, forgiveness and grace knowing that we have been given such great mercy and grace from our Father through the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ while we were yet sinners.
This is the way of love. Not a mushy dismissal of accountability or flowery irresponsible conveying of license to sin without impunity, but rather an acknowledgment in the face of judgment that God desires mercy more than sacrifice. [Matthew 12:1-8] Our offerings of worship to God are less valued than our extension of mercy to those who seek it from us.
The merciful are blessed because in that being merciful they obtain mercy.