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Blessed are the Merciful…

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 6:7

Jesus tells the story of a man who owed an amount of money to the king that he would literally never be able to repay (Matthew 18). The king had compassion on this man though and forgave the man the massive debt. Free and clear of the debt this man walked out and found someone who owed him just a few dollars and without mercy had the man thrown in jail.

The king found out about the actions of this man and was absolutely astonished. How could someone who had been forgiven of so much treat someone else who owed so little in such a way. Though the man may have been forgiven of a sum he would never be able to repay, his inability to show mercy to others caused the king to have him thrown in prison.

You may be thinking to yourself, how could someone who had been forgiven of so much treat someone else in this way. If you are a believer in Christ; you have been forgiven of an amount you could never repay, and yet, how many times do we lack mercy toward others? We look down on others we see in sin. We turn our heads when we see others in need. We have been forgiven of a massive debt and yet fail to forgive others who have wronged us.

My brother and sisters in Christ may we love just as Christ has loved us. May those of us who have experienced the mercy of the King go and do likewise. Do not be caught by Him as one who judges and looks down on others. As Paul wrote, “For the grace of God I am what I am.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

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