Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Many things move our emotions. The abortion of an unborn child. Children dying from curable diseases. Sex-trafficking. Starving people. Genocide. Christians being persecuted. These things, and many more, stir our hearts. However, mercy shows up when we actually do something. Mercy’s formula is powerful: Compassion + Action = Mercy.
Mercy is not the ice cap frozen at the top of the mountain; rather, it is the mountain stream. Mercy lives in motion. It is never stagnant. Mercy combines strong emotion with practical demonstration. It is an internal feeling that manifests itself in an external action.
Many people can wax eloquently on the problems of the world and how each problem can be fixed; but talk is cheap, mercy is costly. The merciful put their money, resources, time and energy where their mouths are. Anyone can talk; the merciful act. Those who act mercifully to others will receive their share of mercy from God.
Father, remind me that my talk is cheap and that many words and stagnant emotions make little impact. Remind me that mercy is costly. Move me to invest and sacrifice in ways that move my emotion into action. Thank You for Your mercy to me. Help me be merciful to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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