Mt. 5:7 π Lk. 6:31 π Lk. 6:36 π Lk. 18:11 π Col. 3:12-13
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” ( Mt. 5:7; top )
We would rather, as born-again Christians, gain biblical and theological credibility so we can share our intellectual accomplishments with others, than gain through the purgings of the Lord a spirit as tender, kind and compassionate as Jesus’.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem and its people, as they rebelled against God; have we also wept in prayer over the prodigals that leave our homes? Or in our hardness of heart have we packed their bags and rejoiced over their leaving?
In order for the prodigals to come home to the Father, they must have seen the love of the Father. Our religious abilities and procedural know-how can block out any desire to “be merciful as your Father is merciful.” ( Lk. 6:36; top )
Our lack of spiritual insight obscures that we were at one time a prodigal also, and far from God. However, we often proclaim we were never as rebellious and unholy as they – so by some inner holiness of our own we made it to the Father? Aren’t we saying, “God, I thank You that I am not as other men…” ( Lk. 18:11; top ) If we sin in one we are guilty of all.
As the end times accelerate, we will notice an army of people desiring to know or regain the mercy of the Father. Who can truly tell them of the depths of the abundance of tender mercies that liberated us from the darkness that they also desire to be loosed from? Obviously, it can only be those that have truly experienced the greatness of God’s love and mercy, knowing that they deserved total judgment, but experienced personally that all judgment is subject to God’s total mercy. “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” ( Lk. 6:31; top )
Only the merciful shall obtain mercy.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” ( Col. 3:12-13; top )
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