TGIF!! I hope your work week has been a pleasant one, and you are blessed to have a job with the weekends off.
Our Scripture verse this morning is Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
What exactly does it mean to be merciful? It is an adjective meaning full of mercy; or completely taken with compassion. It gives the sense of being filled to capacity, with no room for condemnation. People who are merciful are inclined to pity, and can readily see the needs of others above their own.
The opposite of God's mercy is His wrath. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:31 "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." But, not to worry; for this verse tells us that if we show mercy, then God will be merciful to us.
Jesus taught on this very subject in Matthew 25 with the foretelling of what will take place in the last days with the judging of the nations. Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was hungered, and ye gave me meant: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying Lord, when saw we thee an hungered and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in, or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
They too will question when they saw the Lord in His time of great need, but this time His answer holds no comfort: 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Those who have shown mercy may not even be aware of their acts of charity. In humility and service they do not keep track of all their good deeds, but there is One who does! One day the merciful will receive great mercy, but the unmerciful will receive great judgment without mercy. I had much rather be a sheep in the sheepcote in that day than a goat ashamed in the presence of the Living God!
Have a wonderful weekend, and be safe!