"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
The sentiment of these words spoken by Jesus in what has become known as the "Sermon on the Mount" is as applicable today as it was then.
Paul writing to the church in Rome concerning the grace gifts of the Spirit says, "...if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." (Romans 12:8)
Mercy is the ability to detect hurt and empathize with those who are suffering. Thise with the gift of mercy have the ability to provide compassionate and cheerful support to those experiencing distress crisis or pain.
The account of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) is a wonderful example of mercy in action.
In a world where it appears that passing judgement is far more evident than showing mercy - when we see the beggar at the traffic lights, it is easier to think judgemental thoughts rather than being merciful.
James has a timely reminder for us when he says, "Mercy triumphs over judgment."
As followers of Christ, the gift of mercy is a wonderful gift to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ both to the world around us, and within the body of Christ.
Let us be cheerful dispensers of mercy.
Mike and Daphne