Be Merciful

Be Merciful

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.  36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.  (Lk 6:35-36)

But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.  (Ps 41:10)

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.  (Ps 103:8)

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.  (Heb 8:12)

These passages of Scripture talk of God being merciful.  The verse from Hebrews reminds us that we have received the mercy of God ourselves, and without it, would not be saved. 

God wants us to be merciful, even as Jesus (our example) is merciful.  In what ways is mercy expressed?  In these passages, we are shown some ideas on this topic.

  • Love your enemies;
  • Do good;
  • Lend to the needy, expecting no repayment;
  • Show kindness to the unthankful and evil; (Wow! Really, Lord?)
  • Be slow to anger;
  • Forget the sins of other people against you and against your loved ones;
  • Raise others up.

These are all very challenging things to accomplish, and they are difficult, if not to say impossible, without God’s grace working in us to energize us.

How may we “raise others up”?  We can help others by being encouraging, understanding, humble, and positive with our words.  We can share information with them that was helpful to us or to someone that we love.  We will receive grace to empower us to show them respect and the love of God, and never be judgmental.   

In short, we see them as Jesus sees them:  beloved,  victorious and blessed—and treat them accordingly.

How to React to the Enemy; Our Calling

How to React to the Enemy; Our Calling

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.  (Mat 5:44)

Jesus is speaking in this passage.  This Scripture goes completely contrary to our carnal nature as well as to “man’s wisdom.”  This passage demonstrates the nature of Jesus—and He is our shining example. 

We’re directed to love our enemies; bless people who curse us; do good to those who hate us; and pray for those who abuse and persecute us.  These things are impossible to do without the grace of God, and without the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

Since Jesus and His Father are united in nature, purpose, and love, those who have known Jesus have also known the Father!  Here are Bible passages that demonstrate and support this concept:

  1. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen”  (John 14:7)
  2. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  (John 14:9)
  3. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high . . . (Heb 1:1-3)

So in reading the Scripture at the top of this article (Mat 5:44), we understand that Jesus is teaching us how to respond to and deal with our enemies—those who spitefully use us.  When we obey His instructions, we are following Jesus’ example to us.  We’re also proving that we are His disciples and followers.

As Jesus’ followers, these are the instructions that we must follow (our “to do” list):

  • And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.  (Mat 10:1)
  • And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (Mat 28:18-20)
  • Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Lk 9:1-2)

So we know how to treat our enemies, and we also know what directives Jesus gave to us.  These show us our true calling!  May our God bless you abundantly as you live each day in obedience to His call upon your life.

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.  (Lk 6:35)

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.  (Mat 5:44)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Mat 5:16)

The Scripture verses above remind us to love our enemies, to bless them, to pray for them, and even to do good to them!  Wow!  God really expects us to be like Him, doesn’t He?

Yes!  He does.  That is why He created mankind in His own image.  That’s why He provided salvation for us.  He wants us to be like Him and to extend mercy to other people, as He has shown mercy to each one of us.

When the Word tells us to love our enemies, it means that we should pray that good things happen in the lives of our enemies.  We should bless them with kindness.

When we are kind to those who have abused us and hated us (loving our enemies), we become a light in this world.  We show ourselves to be children of the Most High by resembling Him! 

Go ahead and light up our world!