Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is looking at the plight of others and not only feeling compassion for them but it also may involve trying to relieve that problem. This is one thing that the LORD railed on the keepers of the Law did, they strove with all their might to keep the Letter of the Law, but they had no mercy on those they were supposed to be shepherding. When one came who needed healing on the Sabbath they would not, but they could pull their own donkey out of trouble. Jesus told them that they should pay the tithe and do all the things they did, but what GOD wanted was mercy and they were to go and learn what that means.
Mercy is what the LORD has for All of mankind as HE looked and saw our condition and Laid down HIS life that if we would, just believe, we could be free from a life of sin and destruction. HE knew that we could not keep the Law and that was not what it was for anyway, for it was to be a teacher not a means to make ourselves perfect. All our piety will not do for us what it is intended, by us, to do, for ONLY the Blood of Christ can Save us. Having said that GOD still wants us to show HIS Mercy to others. Relying on the Work of Christ is so freeing, for then we are not working for something unobtainable, but we are working out of Gratitude for what has been done for us.
Mercy not only involves one like a Mother Theresa who gave her life to serve the poor, it also involves forgiveness when someone intentionally sets out to hurt us, or unintentionally. It involves lending a helping hand on a day of Worship for that is what Worship is, it is to lay aside the Letter of the Law on the Sabbath and to help one who may be in need. It involves showing forth the Love of Christ to those who are lost and on their way to hell, because they do not know the truth. It involves being kind to those who refuse the truth, or incapable of understanding the truth.
Mercy, when done for the wrong reason is still mercy for the one who is receiving it, but for the one who is doing it out of selfish reasons, does not count, for we don’t get points for righteousness by doing something good to gain Salvation. For the Unbeliever, it is the Trusting of Christ that brings the Salvation, and the Works are as filthy rags, and of no value. GOD is concerned about our character and why we do things, even the Believer will lose points and suffer loss at the judgement seat, because of wrong motives, and HE is the one who will judge the motives for our actions, so we need to be on our toes and making sure our motives are pure and not for our gain.
We, Believers, have been assured Eternal Life with the Father, and so it begs the question. What more shall we gain by showing HIS Love out of a selfish heart? We show Mercy because HE has shown Mercy to us, in HIS provision, first of Salvation, second of HIS Promise, and also the fact that HE takes care of our needs. We Love HIM because HE First Loved us, in that while we were yet Sinners Christ died for us. HE died long before any of us, who are alive today, ever lived. That is Love and it is Mercy, and because of this we are to Be merciful, and kind, letting go of past hurts to be one who shows forth the mercy we have been shown.
Let us, therefore, go forth in Love, putting on Christ, who, though reviled answered not a word. Who endured the Cross and sought forgiveness for those who were Crucifying HIM. Who healed on the Sabbath to show that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. Let us learn from the Law and have it written on our hearts, but let us act in the Spirit of the Law and be Merciful. Jesus Loves You!!!