“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7
Definition: Compassion shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish. Or, compassionately withholding punishment when it is deserved.
Do we show mercy toward those in our lives who deserve the musical tones of our car horns, an unfriendly wave, or a verbal lashing?
We have all heard the “Golden Rule” growing up, but how many can tell someone else where it is found in the Bible?
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
The fact that Jesus Himself said this, should put emphasis on the action required by believers. We are to treat others well. So well, in fact, that we should be loving towards others. For some, it is hard to say that they love themselves, but Jesus in a later passage tells us more about the Law and Prophets.
An expert of the Law came to Jesus and asked Jesus for the greatest commandment and here is how Jesus responded;
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Because of our love for God, our love for people should be evident in how we treat others.