Leslie M. John
” Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”. (Matthew 5:7)
Those who are sensitive to other’s sufferings and feel the necessity to help them are merciful. Those who show mercy will receive mercy as well. They are full of mercy, kind and benevolent toward an offender.
While instructing His disciples as to where they should go, and how they should go, and preach the good news that the “kingdom of heaven is at hand” (cf. Matthew 10:7), Jesus said to them that whoever gives them a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple will surely not lose his reward (cf. Matthew 10:42)
David sings praises to God, who showed him mercy by delivering from his enemies and Saul, in the following words…
“With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright man you will show yourself upright. With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the devious you will show yourself shrewd” (2 Samuel 22:26-27)
“Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and you will not deliver him unto the will of his enemies” (Psalms 41:1-2)
Man may show mercy to his neighbor or brother; however, the mercy shown by Jesus Christ has no parallel and His mercy towards mankind surpassed any kind of mercy shown by anyone in the world. When His offenders were scourging and mocking at Him, He said “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34)
The Lord gave His own body and blood as sacrifice on the wretched cross in order that man may by acknowledging Him as savior may receive everlasting life. There is, therefore, no necessity to offer animal sacrifices by anyone for atonement of his/her sin. Also, there is no necessity to self-inflict to repent of one’s sin, or walk miles up above hill to find God. The Lord lives in our heart. Bible says there is no salvation except by Lord Jesus Christ alone.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)