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

The more of God’s spirit that we possess the greater will be our ability to manifest the fruit of the spirit. The fifth beatitude that Jesus stated in Matthew 5:7 is “blessed are the merciful”. Being merciful is more than withholding punishment that is due; it is loving people despite their mess. Is it coincidental that love is the first fruit of the spirit that was stated in Galatians 5:22-23 and this beatitude follows immediately after “they that are hungry and thirsty for righteousness shall be filled”? We often call for a greater show of love within the body of Christ, but because it is the Spirit of God that empowers us to love, greater emphasis should be placed on us being filled with the Spirit of God; The more of God we possess, the more we are enabled to display his nature.

For most of us loving people despite their mess is not easy, but not for God. Because love is in His nature, He is not challenged, as we are, to love people despite their mess. Romans 5:8 says “but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. The scripture reminded us that God extended his love towards all mankind although we were living in a state that was offensive to him. In so doing Jesus went as far as taking unto himself the sin of the entire world when he died on the cross. What this reveals is that God’s mercy never just stopped at withholding punishment, he went as far as making our mess his problem. That is how he expects us to display love to those who have messed up.  

Continually seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that you are empowered to love people despite their mess. The blessing that comes with loving people despite their mess is that people will love us despite our mess. As Matthew 5:7 indicates, blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

Life Application: Love people despite their mess by being filled with the spirit of God and looking past people’s offense to see potential and purpose.

Prayer: Lord, give me your heart. May I love people the way you do. Give me the agape love that causes me to look beyond the faults of others and love them in spite of their shortcomings. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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