We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
The world says: We are the champions — no time for losers. Revenge is sweet. Take no prisoners. Show no mercy.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
Jesus shed some light on this concept a little later in his sermon:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)
And in the greatest prayer ever prayed:
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
And immediately after that prayer:
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to 7 times?” Jesus answered:
I tell you, not 7 times, but 77 times. (Matthew 18:21-22)
And here’s what he said in the parable of the unmerciful servant:
“You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” (Matthew 18:32-35)
The bottom line: people who experience God’s mercy should be overflowing with mercy themselves.
Pass it on.
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