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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.Matthew 5:7

Usually when I hear this scripture shared, the context of mercy is described as "forgiveness." That if you forgive others you will be forgiven. This is true and supported many times over in scripture, but our day to day use of the word mercy, I feel, limits our understanding of what Jesus was saying.

A compassionate heart

The word used for mercy here means "compassion" or "pity." Looking into the meaning of the original word we find that it means "to help one afflicted or seeking aid" or "to bring help to the wretched." This is an active compassion, not limited to forgiving others when they have wronged us. James wrote:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.James 1:27

To show compassion for the hurting and provide aid, not just a "get out of jail free" card when they fail us somehow.

My take on this:

Blessed are those who forgive, show compassion, and help the afflicted, for they shall receive forgiveness and aid in their own troubles.


        
  

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Curt Blanshan / Youth Pastor, Tech, Lover of Bacon

Crazy in love with my wife and best friend, father to a little ball of energy I call my son, and passionate about youth ministry. When I get time, I try to keep up on tech. Oh, and I love bacon.



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