Monday 30 May 2022 – Transformed week 4

Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

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

There is a double blessing for the merciful. The first is the freedom that comes from forgiving those who have hurt us (or have hurt those we love – often the more difficult to forgive). Joyce Meyers says “harbouring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping your enemy will die.” Showing mercy, however, begins a healing flow – the first recipients of which is ourselves. 

But there’s another benefit attached to mercy – that’s a special blessing from God. The Message translation of this verse says…

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.”

God is merciful (see Exodus 33:19) and when we show mercy, like He has showed us, we become like Him. And, as if bursting with pride, provision and blessings will flow to us. 

Lord, please show me where I have not been merciful. Help me change that today. 


Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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