The entire Beatitude reads, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Read an inspiring paragraph from an article on this beatitude that says, “May I remind you that we have to be merciful with ourselves, too. Don’t think you are a victim of time or a disease or any false belief. Be merciful in forgiving yourself for past mistakes. Rise above the material picture to the one innocent man of God’s creating—that’s you.”
The greatest mercy is the fact that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil”. Habakkuk 1:13.
Today my focus will be on loving others unconditionally. I will look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and be alert to criticism and judgment of others and myself. 1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Also, love casteth out fear, so when we are fearful, we need to look and see where we are not loving enough!
When Nebuchadnezzar had Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to worship his idols, they were protected and unharmed. Due to their state of thought and their faith and trust in God, nothing could hurt them. Daniel 3:27 reads, “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”
That is just as true today. When our thoughts are filled with love and trust in God, we feel no fear, but if our thoughts are filled with anger, hate and bitterness, Good is blocked out and we suffer. As we grow spiritually and have challenges, we walk through fiery furnaces without even the smell of fire. My prayer is to recognize God’s arms around me.
Worrying is both unnecessary and counterproductive. There can be no trust in God and we certainly cannot hear God in such a state! Luke 12:22-31 reads, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it…But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.'”
Today, I will rejoice and know that God is governing my life.
One of my favorite stories in Genesis is about Hagar and her son being forced out in the wilderness with only some water. She was Egyptian and had a son by Abraham and Sarah had cast her out. After drinking all the water, she was sure she and her son would perish, but Genesis 21:17 reads, “And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, ‘What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.'”
That verse is not talking about a locality, but where we are mentally. God always hears our prayer and I find that so comforting. We needn’t worry about what words we are saying because He knows our heart. We can never be separated from God.
There is no such thing as “human perfection”, no matter how hard we strive. We are spiritually perfect since we were born in the image and likeness of God! Our attempts to be perfect humanly lead us to break the commandment in Exodus. Our perfection is not in other people or human achievements. Exodus 20:3 reads, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
As we have challenging times, and we will, we never should compare our strength to these periods, but God’s strength. Goliath would not have been slain by David if David had thought he could slay him. The battle is always God’s, never ours. James 1:2 reads, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” I put my trust in God today and everyday. We are growing Spiritually daily.