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MERCY, Anyone?

MERCY, Anyone?
Matthew5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
BlogFam,  I do not know where to begin this post.  This beatitude, quite frankly, seems to be common sense.  If you show mercy, then mercy will be shown to you.  It reminds me of the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.  I think that is such a basic rule of life and one that everybody already knows. Now, I cannot speak to how well everyone follows this rule but I can say that I believe that most people are familiar with it, have heard it, may have even tried it out a time or two and for the most part, I do think that most –if not all – people believe it is a good rule to live by. 
With that being said, as I am writing on this morning, the thought comes to mind that common sense really is not so common and though I think that this rule of life is universal, I am clear that the ways in which I may show mercy may seem strange, awkward, even unreasonable to others. This is the same for how I might perceive the mercy shown by others.  We do not show love and mercy in the same way.  The specific ways in which we apply the Golden Rule differs for a countless number of reasons.  Yet, I do believe that Kingdom Principles transcend the particularity of culture, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, education, nationality, language, tribe, dialect, political affiliation, and any other category that we use to divide and conquer one another.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
My friends, what does mercy look like from your perspective?  I know you need it.  I know you have shown it.  Well, I hope that you have shown it.  But what is mercy to you?  The dictionary definition of MERCY is: compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, benevolence, kindness, or favor. 
Thus, blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown kindness even when they do not deserve it, shown favor when their actions have been unfavorable.  How does that sound?  Tell me what you really think.  In this world of twisted and selfish modes of operation – Do unto others BEFORE they do unto you, I wonder how many of us truly believe in mercy in its purest since. We all need it, but do we all share it? We all might even share it, but have we all received it?
Mercy, Anyone?  From a godly perspective, I am so grateful for MERCY!  I know that there are times when I have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory yet God kindly forbears the punishment for the sin that I justly deserve and God instead forgives and restores.  From a neighborly perspective, I am so grateful for MERCY! I know that there have been times when I was not my best self and I needed the compassion of a friend to look beyond my faults and believe in our friendship. 
BlogFam, I have been on the giving and the receiving side of MERCY and when mercy is done well, we experience God in such refreshing ways.  Showing mercy to others is a way to remind us that none of us get everything right all the time.  We mess up. We make mistakes.  We trip and we fall down. Yet mercy is the gift from heaven that gives us the inspiration to keep pressing on when the detour, the division, the devastation really was our own fault!  Mercy transforms our guilt into an opportunity for growth and transformation, forgiveness and restoration.  AND because of all that MERCY truly is, I am extremely grateful that God’s mercy is NEW every morning!
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; theyare new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). 
Wow! To God be the Glory! Because of God’s magnificent love for each of us, God’s mercies never come to an end.  In other words, when we offend God because of our disobedience, rejection of God’s authority, disregard for God’s word – will – or way, God remains faithful with God’s love for us and chooses to extend mercy towards us EVERY morning!  AND God’s love and mercy includes divine forgiveness, forbearance, compassion, pity, benevolence, kindness, and favor.  And the very least we can do in response to receiving such magnificent expressions of mercy is share that mercy with others, doing unto others what has already been done unto us.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
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