Merciful people mention by Matthew Henry.
- Those are the merciful, who are piously and charitably inclined to pity, help, and succour persons in misery.
- A man may be truly merciful, who has not wherewithal to be bountiful or liberal; and then God accepts the willing mind.
- We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must, by Christian sympathy, partake of the afflictions of our brethren; pity must be shown (Job 6:14), and bowels of mercy put on (Col. 3:12); and, being put on, they must put forth themselves in contributing all we can for the assistance of those who are any way in misery.
- We must have compassion on the souls of others, and help them; pity the ignorant, and instruct them; the careless, and warn them; those who are in a state of sin, and snatch them as brands out of the burning.
- We must have compassion on those who are melancholy and in sorrow, and comfort them (Job 16:5); on those whom we have advantage against, and not be rigorous and severe with them; on those who are in want, and supply them; which if we refuse to do, whatever we pretend, we shut up the bowels of our compassion.
Being merciful is being compassionate.
It’s quick to look at someone and judge them and say, they got what they deserved. How many times have we made a bed an yet God saved us from laying in it? What right do we have to judge another when we all deserve death.
We often think that mercy is something that a judge can give or someone with higher authority.
We see a man robbed and stripped and left for dead on the side of a road. yet many of people passed him by but another man stopped because he had compassion. He felt a love, care within his heart to stop and assist this man. He showed pity for this man and didn’t judge him or quiz him on why he was there.
God knows your heart and knows everything you need and has promised you He would be merciful. We should also show mercy and help those. Our mercy is often limited by our own judgements. If one does as God has commanded then He will show mercy on us and bless in return.
Often times we don’t see those that are in need. We don’t because we are not where they are. We don’t witness those that are starving because we are not on the streets. We don’t see the homeless because we are not homeless with them. This does not excuse us from not helping those that are in greater need.
1 John 3:16-18
Mercy engages our hearts to be ready.
The now and later blessing.
It’s better to give it away than to get
These are blessings in the now.
The love is what motivated the mercy at the cross. If not for the cross, the death of Christ and His resurrection then the blessings and mercy would not be available. At the death of a saved soul, their sin debt was paid in full prior and they will receive eternal blessings.