A Look At Prophecy In The Gospel of Matthew
Showing Mercy In A World of Injustice
Matthew 5:7 NLT
But having received his mercy, we then share his mercy with others.
If you want mercy then give it to others.
Those who view their world through eyes of mercy will be shown mercy. The implication is that those who don't won't. Eyes of mercy see the other, even the enemy or abuser, as fully human.
Eyes of mercy say, "But for the mercy of God go I!" A statement toward which I have received much stiff-necked disclaimers from Christians such as, "Not me!" which reveal the deadlier sin, pride, and it's cousin self-righteousness. Remember the Pharisee praying on the street corner? He reaped Jesus' scorn for his eyes knew not mercy, not even in prayer. (Luke 18:9-14)
Something that determines what we will receive.
Here, again, the Beatitudes speak of something that will determine what we will receive from God now and at the Final Judgment. If you want God's mercy, be prepared to give it in an equally unbounded measure as that which you receive/have received.
A merciful mindset is one of the marks of a true Christian. Its absence, the mark of despite for the very mercy we claim to have received when we claim our sins have been forgiven. Eyes of mercy need to be cultivated and when we slip from it, we need to repent and turn our heart and mind back to God's way - the way of mercy.
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