Matthew. It’s the first book of the New Testament and indeed, sets the tone for mercy, forgiveness and grace. I’d like to explore the concept of mercy a bit further, and with this post, I offer a desktop background which is freely available to download. The concept of mercy is something which eludes even myself sometimes, and is more of a lifestyle change than a one-time thing.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5:7 (NIV)
As the testament of Matthew explains, we are blessed to be merciful, to show mercy. That leaves a burning question: what does it mean to show mercy? Well, it just so happens that we’re in luck, as a definition is provided. Mercy, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is:
- Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.
- Kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation.
- A good or lucky fact or situation.
While the third definition may not apply here, the rest of Webster’s definition definitely does. In order to truly understand mercy, however, is as such: like God’s grace, mercy is something that must be experienced.
If you have ever experienced mercy, you know how relieving it can be when you’ve done something spectacularly wrong and someone offers you help in making it right, or when you have had the worst day, like, ever, and someone comes in and takes you out for lunch. That’s mercy.
We should all strive to show mercy to others. Random acts of kindness, such as paying for the person’s order who is next in line (also called the drive-thru difference at fast-food establishments), offering to drive someone home who is stranded, being kind to strangers instead of blowing people off, these are everyday acts of mercy. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate ordeal.
The little things are often the things that matter the most.
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