What did Jesus teach us about mercy and kindness?
In the Beatitudes He said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.” – Matthew 5:7
He taught us to be merciful and kind towards others, no matter their station in life, their racial difference, or religious beliefs. The word merciful in the original Greek text means actively compassionate. Examine your motives: If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business, not kindness.
As Christians, we must always remember that since we have obtained God’s mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, shouldn’t we also extend the same grace to all we encounter in our lives everyday?
God wishes that none should perish, but that all should reach repentance and saving faith in Jesus. We are His ambassadors. One of the best ways we can best draw people to the true and living God is to show mercy and compassion in practical ways – like feeding and clothing the poor, encouraging the hurting, lending a hand to the needy, or offering some other act of kindness – expecting nothing in return from them.
Those Christians who are the most effective witnesses for Christ are those who not only witness in word, but also in action and good deeds.
Pray and ask Jesus to give you opportunities today to be merciful and kind to everyone you meet. In turn, you will receive God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.