“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5.7)
When we consider the magnitude of all the self-centered mayhem we create in our lives, it leaves no doubt that one of our greatest daily needs is an outpouring of mercy – both received and given. The power and the freedom that comes in the expressions of mercy are unequaled; so much so that Jesus again calls forth a blessing, a richness to those who practice it. As water satisfies the throat, so mercy gratifies the soul.
Yet where is this much needed gift? Where do we find it, refine it and display it as a fine piece of art? We find it in the mercies of God. Mercy is indeed a central identifying marker in the character of God Himself; and when we employ it is when we most reflect His character. Imagine it. Through Christ we have received abundant mercy and are now called to extend it to those near us. For those who have been forgiven much are now tuned to extend it.