7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5:7 (NLT)
Welcome to my series in the Beatitudes. Today we shall look into mercy. The above verse tells us that if we are merciful, we will be shown mercy. Those who are carnal minded or theological will see this as a threat but they are wrong. The entire passage in the Beatitude is meant for our encouragement. It has never been God’s intention to threaten nor blackmail us into holiness. This is the most common pitfall for the carnal minded believers. They see every instruction from God as a threat in which comes with the sticker that says “Obey, or else…”.
It is crucial to get our basics right. At the Cross, Jesus died for all our sins. All the penalties of our sins had been paid in full. This includes the sins we have not yet committed, eg future sins. (By the way, unless you are more than 2,000 years old, all your sins are future sins based on the perspective of the Cross.)
As long as you have accepted Jesus into your heart and believed that he has died for your sins, you are saved. You will go to heaven after your death on earth. Your place in heaven is guaranteed. No one can change this fact. Not even God or you yourself. If God is to use some loopholes to deny your place in heaven, he would have destroyed his own credibility as God. He will never do that. As for you, there is nothing you can do to cancel out what happened at the Cross Of Calvary. No sin can ever be greater than what Jesus has done. You can never sin yourself out of your own salvation.
This is good news. However, God’s intention is not just about sending us to heaven when we die and leave us on our own while we are still on earth. The Bible tells us that God has prepared great blessings for us while we are still here. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. He wants us to work on these spiritual blessings to turn them into physical manifestations of health, wealth, success and prosperity in every area in life. The Bible contains all the necessary steps to help us to make this manifestations come through. So, if you want these manifestations to come true in your life, you should obey the instructions in the Bible.
Not only that, we were born again the moment we have Jesus in our hearts. We have become a new species. While physically we are still humans, spiritually we are gods because we were born of God in our spirits. As gods, we have the same nature and powers as God himself. We can only live our lives to the fullest through lifestyles that is compatible to our new nature. Sin is no longer our nature. Living in sin is no longer as enjoyable and fulfilling as before. We are holy and live holy lives because holiness is now our nature.
So, what do you think will happen if you choose to ignore the instructions of the Bible and live a life of sin? The answer is, you will be denying yourself the blessings God wants you to have. You will not be happy and live fulfilling life. However, your place in heaven is still unchanged. You are still saved. You are just being dumb for denying yourself the blessings God has for you.
This is where theologians and carnal minded Christians stumble on. In their minds, if you do not obey the Bible and live holy lives, it means you have not been saved in the first place. You are going to hell. That is a lie from the pit of hell. God is not a hypocrite like the theologians. He will not promise us salvation, gives us some instructions and then threaten to send us to hell if we disobey him. The bottom line is, when you are saved you are saved. Your rebellious attitude will only cost you your prosperity on earth. It can never change the fact that you are saved.
Let us get back to the above verse. Jesus encouraged us to be merciful. He was not threatening us. He was not saying that if we are not merciful, he will respond by not showing mercy to us and send us to hell. As I have explained above, our disobedience to God can never reverse our salvation. Even if we are not merciful to others, God will still be merciful to us.
When Jesus said, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” He was referring to mercy from others. This is how it works. When we are being merciful, we are behaving like God because God is merciful. Every time we behave like God, we are in the realms of our nature. This is the place where we have the highest potential for our prosperity.
Think of birds in the air and fishes in the water. Every living thing is in its best when it is in its natural environment. As Christians, our natural environment is godliness. Mercy is one of the characteristics of godliness. When we do no return evil for evil, we are showing mercy. We are effectively in our natural environment where our faith is the strongest. We are in a better position for our prosperity.
We will also be “shown mercy.” What does that mean? We are only gods in spirit. Physically we are still humans. We make mistakes. Sometimes our mistakes can cause others to take hostile actions on us. We will need them to show us mercy. Why should they show us mercy and not to give us what we deserve? This will not be a problem if we have been merciful in our lives. If you have been showing mercy though out your life, most likely you will not go unnoticed by those around you. You will be admired and respected. So, if you happen to make some mistakes, you will most likely get the mercy you need. When the time comes, you will be glad that this mercy will save you a lot of trouble.
If you have never been merciful, this is a good time to start to be merciful.