Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Awareness of how merciful God has been to us should compel us to be merciful to others. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious . . . he does not treat us as our sins deserve” (Ps 103:8, 10). God doesn’t just forgive us when we fail; he erases any record of the failure. He doesn’t just reduce our sentence; he eliminates it. He delights in showing mercy (Mi 7:18). So should we.
“Judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy” (Jas 2:13 ESV). On the other hand, mercy extended to others assures God’s mercy extended to us: “With the merciful you show yourself merciful” (Ps 18:25 ESV).
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Mi 6:8).
We deserve justice, but have received mercy.