SOAP Devotional 2015-01-28
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7 NLT)
To those who heard this spoken, the word “mercy” held two meanings. One was to give forgiveness when you have been wronged or injured. The other was to show compassion through charitable giving to those in need. I think both would apply here. Although most refer to if we show mercy, God will show mercy to us, I think it goes further than that. I think we will also be shown mercy by others if we show mercy to them.
My dad was the kind of man that was always showing mercy to others. Especially when it came to charitable giving of himself and his labor. He could often be seen chipping in both financially when others had needs, but he also gave a lot of sweat and tears. The blessing side came in the fact that others responded to his needs quickly, also. I saw people drive hundreds of miles just to check on him and make sure he was doing well. I think both sides of this show of compassion was what the Lord was referring to. Not only will we obtain mercy from the Lord, but the Lord is looking to build community between us and those around us. One that shows reciprocal compassion for one another.
Father, I do believe strongly that you are referring to more than just you showing us mercy when we show mercy. You already granted us thee greatest mercy when you forgave us of our sins through Jesus dying on the cross. Thank you for also establishing a principe where benevolence comes back to those who show mercy to others. Help me to always do my part on both sides of this equation.