BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY.
Mercy, according to Dictionary.com is “compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.” The root comes from the French and Latin “reward or wages”.
So, basically what will I pay someone for offending me? What wage will I meet out for a broken promise, a mistake, carelessness, cruelty, injustice? In my hurt and anger and disappointment and indignation, what will I pack into that retaliatory ball of fire and hurl with all my might at that wrongdoer?
Jesus suggests – for my own happiness – that nuclear-powered missile should be loaded with “compassion, forbearance, pity and benevolence.”
Can you imagine if I fired back MERCY when I had been handed injustice?
I love the French word for Thank You. It’s merci. When I consider how God has responded to me – well, that is the perfect response: Merci!
Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. Eph. 5:1
But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. I Tim. 1:16 NLT