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2/06/21 Learning Mercy

“Would you like to be given the same mercy that you are giving others? How would you fare? Would you be under the weight of intolerance, judgment, and condemnation? Would you always fall short of someone’s expectation? You need to learn mercy! Give it away freely. Jesus died so that you might be free. I now expect you to flood others with the same mercy you have been given.”

Matthew 5:7 NIV

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Matthew 5:7 AMP

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous - with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!

 

A heart of mercy always wants to forgive, even when forgiveness is not asked for, nor deserved. Mercy is our means to salvation. Without it, none of us would have the possibility of spending eternity with God. It was mercy that initiated Father God’s sending His Son (Himself) for us. To continue to receive mercy, we must give mercy. A heart of mercy will never focus on itself. As soon as it desires something for itself, it will lose the ability to be merciful.

The merciful heart always esteems others more valuable than itself. Those with mercy understand bankruptcy and place themselves at the center of the need. Mercy drove Jesus to the cross. Neglecting mercy cuts off the lifeline with God, because He always operates where mercy is demonstrated. God’s judgment, the separation of good from evil, is always an act of mercy. In His mercy, God reveals our sin for the single purpose of providing freedom for us. Truth with mercy always brings life. Truth without mercy brings bondage, death, and a religious spirit. The heart of mercy always desires to treat others as God would treat them…

Thank You for Your mercy, Lord,

Jim Corbett

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