What Does It Mean to Be Merciful?
Jesus told us a story that went,
A Samaritan, who had nothing to with a man, went out of his way to do all he could to improve that man's life. That is mercy.
Jesus once said,
But it should be a personal act. A gift of some water, a dinner here or there. Perhaps in our day in age, a ride in the car to wherever the needy wants to go. But corporate mercy doesn't seem to be a concept to Jesus. No where does Jesus say, "Start a business in my father's name and have a thousand people give money to you so that you can give food and water to the poor." In fact, this seems to be something Jesus held against the Pharisees. They put together a business of selling pigeons and other goods so that people may sacrifice, but Jesus cast them all out.(Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15.)
Likewise, the rich man who owned the gates that Lazarus laid outside of could very well have provided many jobs for many needy people, allowing them a method to earn their own pay, but that certain rich man ended up burning nonetheless.
What Does It Mean to Obtain Mercy? Back to Top ↑
When two blind men followed Jesus, they cried unto him, saying,
It's the same with us and eternal life. Right now we are living on a wretched Earth which doesn't contain our father God nor our brother Jesus. Sin is abound, and we are desolate. But should we do the will of God by seeking his kingdom and his righteousness,(Matthew 6:33.) we too will be granted mercy by obtaining eternal life.
And, just like in the previous beatitudes, we obtain this blessing through the kingdom of Heaven.
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The merciful understand God's will. There is nothing on this Earth for us. Our brother Jesus has left us to prepare a place for us.(John 14:2-3.) Our father God is in Heaven, not on Earth. The only family we have is each other, but even so, being separated from our father is hard. But we know we will be rejoined with him, but for others who are lost and may never find God, this may be their only lives. And they care for it a lot.
Jesus acknowledged this when he said,
The merciful understands that there is another life, and so they can withstand all the punishment in this world. They are able to forgive every trespass against them, and that means that God will also forgive them for their trespasses.(Matthew 6:14.) Because the merciful understand the nature of this world, they can focus on the things here and now. They're not worried about rushing to their job and back home, they can look around them and see the homeless on the streets, and go and visit them.
And, when they are found to be worthless salt for only helping the needy and not providing to the betterment of society as a whole, they will end up being trodden under food of man.(Matthew 5:13.) But, they can smile and have joy in their persecution.(Matthew 5:11.) For each and every little act of personal kindness was them shining before man,(Matthew 5:14-16.) so that all those heavy laden may take up the yoke of Jesus Christ and find rest.(Matthew 11:28-30.)
By being merciful, they can love all and forgive all. And so they fulfill Jesus's words when he says,
Against the Blood Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Back to Top ↑
This verse also speaks against the blood sacrifice that the self-proclaimed apostle Paul likes to speak about. According to Jesus, the merciful obtain mercy, not those that believe in the blood atoning human sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Those that believe in the blood sacrifice for the remission of sins have not listened to Jesus, for Jesus said,
It is mercy to forgive men their sins, just as it is mercy for our father to forgive our sins. The blood of Jesus Christ is merely his teachings that we have to drink and absorb, so that they may be spread throughout our whole body and assimilate into us. It does us no good for us to pour this blood on an alter instead of drinking it. Jesus echoed Hosea when saying,
Hitler, himself, could very well have believed in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. But he granted no mercy to those he sent to his camps. According to the self-proclaimed apostle Paul, Hitler may indeed be found worthy for entrance into the church. But for Jesus, who cared about the kingdom of God, Hitler will not be found worthy, for Hitler was not merciful.