Today’s post is taken from a blog I read a few months ago. I love how this writer brings both practical ideas and scripture together to speak to what it means to be merciful. (The writer’s name was never mentioned: http://www.jesuschristsavior.net/Beatitudes.html)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Mercy is the loving disposition towards those who suffer distress. Love, compassion, and forgiveness towards a family member or neighbor will bring peace in your relationships. We say in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. As we are merciful to others, we pray our Heavenly Father will be merciful to us! Jesus reminds us that whatever “you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:31-46). St. Paul calls for the obedience of faith in the beginning and end of his Letter to the Romans (1:5, 16:25-27). The following are ways to be merciful to others as well as to be obedient in faith to Christ our Savior.
The Corporal Works of Mercy
1 Feed the Hungry
2 Give drink to the thirsty
3 Clothe the naked
4 Shelter the homeless
5 Comfort the imprisoned
6 Visit the sick
7 Bury the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy1 Admonish sinners
2 Instruct the uninformed
3 Counsel the doubtful
4 Comfort the sorrowful
5 Be patient with those in error
6 Forgive offenses
7 Pray for the living and the dead
(We, The Free Methodist, do not believe we should or can pray for the dead, but the writer of this blog is from the Catholic tradition and believes in praying for the dead)
My challenge this week is for us to live out one of the corporal and one of the spiritual works of mercy for those who need to be shown mercy.
We should walk as people of Mercy. Each of us need a special grace of mercy at times in our life. May we be people who give mercy as we receive it! In Jesus Name!