Pour out mercy at the rate you would want to receive it. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NKJV).
The Lord wants us to be full of mercy. We should desire to be full of mercy too. When we’re filled with mercy, we’ll know it, for when things happen to us, it will be a mercy that pours out from us. The more filled with mercy we are, the more mercy will be all that comes out of us.
The higher faith has more to do with your attitude than your intellect. “Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5 AMP).
When we’re full of mercy to others, the Lord will be full of mercy toward us. The mercy we desire must be the mercy that we give. The reason the Lord requires you to have mercy is because that’s who the Lord is. If you’re near to God and Christ is in you, then mercy will be there as well.
Be as merciful to others as you want God to be merciful to you. “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you” (James 2:13 NLT).
The Lord will never measure us on what we know or how well we argue a doctrine. But the Lord will surely measure us on how we treat others. He doesn’t call us to treat others as they treat us but to treat others as we would want others to treat us.
Be to others what you wish someone would be to you. “Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets” (Matthew 7:12 NCV).
The more full of mercy that you are, the less trouble you will have in your life. When mercy is your first response, then anger and frustration will not rule over you. It’s easy to be merciful to those who are kind to us, but that’s never the test the Lord will use.
The measure of your faith is how you treat others who mistreat you. Jesus taught, “But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 AMP).
To be full of mercy does not mean you’re a doormat to be walked over. But what it does mean is that when someone knocks on your door, you will not refuse to help them just because of the way they have treated you before. Let mercy rule your thinking, and happiness will dwell in your thoughts.
Don’t let how you treat others depend on how they treat you. Jesus taught us, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28 NIV).
Too often, we hold back our mercy, not thinking some people deserve it because of the way they’ve treated us. But the definition of mercy is that it’s given to those who don’t deserve it. Let us be willing to be merciful, though let us also desire justice, for justice is as much a part of God as mercy is.
It takes a greater strength to extend mercy than to exact revenge. “Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other’” (Zechariah 7:8-10 NLT).
Sometimes when we show mercy, people will use it as an excuse to try and abuse us even more. Just remember that God will judge us all, including those of us who showed mercy and those of us who acted without mercy. Just be merciful and let God worry about everyone else.
How we treat others determines how God will treat us. “Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you” (Luke 6:36,38 ERV).
The Lord allows us to be tested and see how much mercy we really have. There’ll be times when we fail miserably, and it will be there that the Lord can teach us. Don’t regret the lesson, and don’t be ashamed when you fail, but only pray to the Lord to help you do better next time.
In the kingdom, kindness is a strength, and anger is a weakness. “God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So always do these things: Show mercy to others; be kind, humble, gentle, and patient” (Colossians 3:12 ICB).
When you have matured in your faith, you’ll be full of mercy. Most people will see you as weak and think you’re not strong enough to defend yourself. But the Lord will count you as blessed and fill you with His favor. Some will be drawn to you, hoping that they, too, could be full of mercy.
One of the greatest signs of a mature faith is in the mercy shown to others. “The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: ‘See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God’” (Micah 6:8 CEV).
Blessings to you,