Mercy is Not Self-Generated
If we’re going to walk in mercy, first, we absolutely must have a proper understanding of our own spiritual bankruptcy (again, it’s thinking, “In and of myself, I have nothing”), and we must realize how merciful God has been to us as individuals. This kind of thinking starts with understanding the first four beatitudes. We’re bankrupt and poor in spirit, yet God has given us the kingdom. We’re mourning over our sin, yet He comes to us with great comfort. We’re being humbled by God’s goodness, and He promises we’ll receive the earth. We are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and then He comes and fills us.
These four beatitudes lead us to the place where we realize the incredible truth of the fifth one. We say, “God has been merciful to me! This is what God did! He’s looked upon me with pity and compassion, and then He took action to get me in a better situation. God has been merciful to me!”
Mercy comes with this God encounter. The only way we can be able to give mercy to others is by first experiencing it with God, and we experience it by realizing how good He’s been and how bankrupt we are. That’s how it works. We can’t try to conjure mercy up on our own and give something from our own self-generated resources; there’s too much room for pride in that. It’s first receiving something extraordinary as a beggar, a poor person, and then giving, out of that vast resource we’ve received, to other beggarly poor people. It’s the motion of mercy. Mercy doesn’t stop; it’s moving. God rains mercy down on us from His throne and it moves into our hearts. We experience it, then it moves out of our lives to touch other people who need it. That testimony then ascends back to Heaven. Fresh mercy rains down again . . . and it’s just a continual motion of mercy.
We must ask ourselves, “Am I plugged up?” Do we like to receive mercy from God, but not like to give mercy to others? How quickly do our hearts beat to help the miserable and afflicted? Are our hearts merely angry at the sinful unrighteousness of the world, or do they break for people who are as lost as a ball in high weeds, doing every foul thing? Mercy changes us. When we realize what God’s done for us, we can’t help but give it away, because we want other people to experience it, too.
I’d like to hear from you. Share a time when you gave mercy to someone. We’re they undeserving, but you gave it anyway? When have you seen mercy in your life? How can we not give mercy when God has given us so much?