mercy, mercy me

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” — Jesus, Matt. 5:7

These men without possessions or power, these strangers on Earth, have in their life with Christ renounced their own dignity, for they are merciful. As if their own needs and their own distress weren’t enough, they take upon themselves the distress and humiliation of others, too. They have an irresistible love for the down-trodden, the sick, the wretched, the wronged, the outcast and all who are tortured with anxiety. The go out and seek all who are enmeshed in the toils of sin and guilt. No distress is too great, no sin too appalling for their pity. If any man falls into disgrace, the merciful will sacrifice their own honor to shield him, and take his shame upon themselves.

The will be found consorting with publicans and sinners, totally careless of the shame they will incur by doing so. In order that they be merciful they cast away the most priceless treasure of human life, their own personal dignity and honor. For the only honor and dignity they know is their Lord’s own mercy, to which alone they owe their very lives. . he was not ashamed of His disciples, He became the brother of mankind, and bore their shame to the death of the Cross. That’s how Jesus was merciful.

So how are you and I merciful?

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