Matt.5:7 – Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Becoming merciful is the sure sign of Christ working in your life. Where does mercy come from? Obviously it comes from God but how does mercy for others begin to work in me? Seeing the incredible mercy extended to us; to you and to me, this is where mercy comes from. If we remember the life of sin that we lived and the incredible mercy that was extended to us, what else can we do but to extend mercy to others. The Passion Translation Notes bring out how mercy is connected to what is going on in us; check this out.
“The Hebraic and Aramaic concept of mercy is that it comes from our innermost being. The root word for “mercy” is the root word for ‘womb’.”
So mercy is connected to the deepest part of us, the part of us that gives birth to a child. Barclay also brought out the personal nature of mercy; check his comments out.
“The Greek word for merciful is eleemo. But, as we have repeatedly seen, the Greek of the New Testament as we possess it goes back to an original Hebrew and Aramaic. The Hebrew word for mercy is checed; and it is an untranslatable word. It does not mean only to sympathize with a person in the popular sense of the term; it does not mean simply to feel sorry for someone ill trouble. Checed, mercy, means the ability to get right inside the other person’s skin until we can see things with his eyes, think things with his mind, and feel things with his feelings.”
I learned a powerful lesson about extending mercy several years ago when I felt wronged by the actions of another ministry. I felt the actions were unethical and had done damage to the kingdom. I am ashamed of how I felt now but it seems I was secretly looking for some sort of payback. How did revenge turn into mercy? I saw it one day reading from Palm 73;
“Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.”
The Lord asked me, “is this what you want, judgement?”
That moment effected me powerfully. No one gets away with anything. I don’t want to see judgement on anyone. Mercy, Lord. Mercy triumphs over judgement!