The Beatitudes – Part 5

The Fifth Beatitude: Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

To be merciful means to feel genuine and heartfelt compassion. Every Saint of God should be merciful toward others because they have themselves received this genuine compassion from Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 (KJV) says
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Because of the sin debt that Jesus paid for us, we should be able to see the world through another person’s eyes and show that person mercy.

According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the fifth beatitude, we should “be inclined to pity, help, and comfort those who are in misery, for we must bear the afflictions of our brethren. We should show compassion for the souls of others and help them; pity for the ignorant and instruct them; mercy on the careless and warn them; and for those who are in a state of sin, snatch them as brands out of the burning”.

In Col. 3:12, we are told to put on bowels of mercy.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies… 

In today’s vernacular, we might express “putting on bowels of mercies” as “feeling it in our gut.” Both expressions mean to feel strong, deep and intense emotions for the experiences and needs of another.   As fellow human beings, we should be able to imagine ourselves in another person’s situation and react or respond accordingly, particularly those of us who are chosen by God and are secure in His love.

Another way of thinking about mercy is when we did not receive punishment for something we should have been punished for. Many may be able to look back and see the mercy of God at work in their lives when they should have gone to jail but didn’t; should have gotten pregnant while unmarried, but didn’t; or should have been killed but survived. Some might even think that they “just dodged the bullet” or were “lucky.” But the answer is, “No sir or no ma’am!” That was just God’s mercy towards you. With God having shown such mercy in our lives, what hinders us from doing likewise towards others?

The Fifth Beatitude lets us know that if we are merciful, then mercy will be available for us. This phrase is very important because none of us knows what awaits us in the future. We never know when we will again need the mercy of God to be extended towards us. Showing mercy towards another is like putting mercy into a savings account for one’s self.; hopefully, it will not be needed, but if it is needed, it will be there.  Be merciful and be blessed.


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  1. Dominique Jones

    This is truly a blessing! I love and appreciate the breakdown of scripture from the seasoned saints of God. Now I understand why God told me to honor mercy. I was once angry at my dad for being rude and disrespectful to me and my family. I was so mad that I went to talk to God about it and in my own way I asked God to punish and deal with my dad because I felt that enough was enough! But God told me, ” I saw your heart” and “Honor mercy”. He was maturing me and letting me know that I wasn’t where I needed to be and that he got this! I needed to learn to honor mercy because God shows it to us, therefore we have to be examples and display actions&compassion of God to everyone, including the ones we think deserve punishment.

  2. Sylvia E Brown

    Best thank you for everything I came out to your church of three times you pray for me and I enjoyed the services but now I would love for you to pray for my friend her son is in jail he’s going through some things he have a mental problem also and I also need you to pray for me and my family we thank you so very much and you have a blessed and glorious day

  3. Keyonia mathis

    I love the ending of this blog. In my own words your saying having mercy on others is like putting mercy into a saving account, not knowing when you will need it but if there ever come a time of needing it it’s there. That is awesome God bless you woman of God for this blog. People today don’t see the importance of compassion which is mercy. My lord. People treat others so horribly but expect to be treated with respect.