Merciful

posted Jun 5, 2012, 10:39 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Jun 5, 2012, 10:39 AM ]
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" Mt. 5:7

"Give us today, our daily bread" Mt. 6:11

Humans are born greedy, seeking self-justification and aggrandizement; pre-wired to compete for what we can get.  Survival of the fittest. People take all they can get when they are able -- accumulating ever more, and much beyond actual need.   Sadly and often, such gain comes at another's expense.  The justification is often "because I can" or "because I deserve it" or "because I earned it."  Because I want to!"

Mercy contravenes justice; suspends law.  Most particularly the laws of nature and instinct.  Mercy is not genetically transmitted.

“I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” 2Sam. 24:14

Who invented mercy? God.  His is not the mercy of biting ones' tongue, or painfully denying some fault or slight whilst forcing a toothy, false smile.  This is not "denial of true feelings" and behaving a pious lie.  This is the mercy that is a reflection of the greater mercy and grace we were shown on the cross.  Mercy that is borne of love so abiding that it first looks to lift up, that it always seeks to comfort, that is ever present despite human weakness.  Patient, long suffering, mercy.  Mercy that suspends justice to save.

"Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." Prov. 28:13

And so if we are not seeking to collect more grain into the barns for ourselves, or to have a more beautiful palace and worldly adornment -- we must lean back on our source.  Remember Israel in the desert: daily gathering manna to eat.  They could gather only enough for that day and it would only last those hours.

"For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:33

Since I'm not filling my self with the food of the world, the Lord continues his indwelling -- infilling me with the spiritual food I need so much more than meals of corn and meat.

"Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Is. 55:2"

Each day, our daily bread is provided at the mercy of the Lord.  Mercy that is borne of love so abiding that it first looks to lift up, that it always seeks to comfort, that is ever present despite human weakness.  Patient, long suffering, mercy.  Mercy that suspends justice to save.
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