Blessed Are the Merciful

This is my favorite beatitude: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)

Showing mercy to others encompasses the Christ-like qualities of compassion, charity and forgiveness.

Psalms 145:9 reads: The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

When we recognize the ways our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, are merciful to us, it becomes easier to extend mercy unto others, especially those who have hurt and offended us in any way. And, when we offer mercy to others, we have the promise to receive mercy for ourselves.

How can we be more merciful? We can start with our own words and actions towards others. As we interact with family, friends, neighbors and strangers, we can see them as sons and daughters of God, loved, just as we are, by a merciful and kind Father in Heaven. We can remember that we are just as imperfect as the next person, and we make mistakes and require repentance and forgiveness just as much as they do.

We can refrain from criticizing and making rash judgments. We can be slow to anger and quick to forgive. We can focus on the good and be more willing to overlook the short-comings of others. We can reach out and lift up, instead of tearing down.

We can be grateful for all the blessings, big and small that come from our Heavenly Father. We can look for His tender mercies in our everyday lives.

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