Description: Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:7), but today many professing Christians view being merciful as a sign of weakness and think they need to "stand up for their rights" and "defend themselves." No mercy is given by the Lord to those who refuse to show mercy to others. We are required as believers to extend mercy to others just as our loving Father has extended mercy to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Brother Hicks Speaking: Hello brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about “Blessed Are The Merciful.” This is something the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 5:7, He said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” When God is merciful to us, He expects us to in turn show mercy to others. You can’t be merciless and be a believer. You are not a believer if you are merciless; and I see too many people today who are absolutely ruthless and merciless toward people, there is no compassion, there is no love, there is no mercy at all involved in the way they behave toward others. [They say] “Well , they did me wrong!” So? Be merciful. You have done wrong to the Most High God. You have sinned against the Lord Jesus. You need to be merciful.
Many of you “get saved” and then act like you have never sinned in your life, and you completely forget your past. You should leave your past behind, but I am speaking as far as understanding and knowing what these sinners are going through, because you have been in that very spot. You know what it is like to have been a sinner and to be in foolishness and error like that. How can you not show them mercy when you have been shown mercy so many times?
2 Samuel 22:26-27 says, "With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury." We see basically the exact same quote with just a few words difference in Psalms 18:25-26.
James 2:13 says, “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”
If you are not merciful, you are going to have judgment without mercy. Do you really want to stand before a holy God and have Him be merciless towards you because you chose to be merciless? I don’t think you do.
James 3:14-18 says, “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
Does that describe you? Do you have that mercy, “full of mercy and good fruits?” Or are people afraid of you because you are so merciless? [Do they say about you,] “You know that lady over there, she will just tear you apart,” or, “That man over there is so angry?” Are you merciless? Please do not just turn this off and ignore it. You have to be merciful if you are going to receive mercy from the Lord. If you are going to obtain mercy, [remember] it is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). That is what our Lord said in Matthew chapter 5, verse 7. If you are not merciful then you are not going to obtain mercy of the Lord, it is that simple.
Hosea 6:6, this is the Lord speaking, “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
God desires mercy from His people! In the New Testament, Jesus quotes [Hosea 6:6] in Matthew 9:13, “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew 23:23 says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
This is very important, mercy is extremely important. You must be merciful. Our Father in heaven has shown us mercy and we in turn show forth the same mercy He has shown us.
Let me show you the type of person who does not have mercy. This is not something you want to be involved with.
Romans 1:28-32 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, UNMERCIFUL: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. “
It is not just being unmerciful, which is one of the things mentioned here, but it is [also] in having pleasure in someone that is unmerciful. You cannot take joy in someone being unmerciful and you cannot be unmerciful yourself. You must be merciful. This is part of the character of a true believer. If you have truly been born again, you have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, you will be merciful. If you are unmerciful it is evidence and a testimony against you that you don’t know Him. It is just that simple, my friends. You must be merciful.
Titus 3:1-5 says, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
My friends, we have been sinners before. We have been gloriously saved by the Lord Jesus Christ and we are no longer sinners, we are saints, and we live holy lives that glorify God, full of good works, full of mercy. My friends, you have to realize that sinners are where you used to be. You used to be a sinner, as it says here, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). This is why we are to not speak evil of any man and are not to be brawlers, but are to be “gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men” (Titus 3:2), because we have been there. We are not going to fight these people, we are going to be meek towards them, we are going to be loving, and show compassion on them and be merciful, because we have been there. Many of us have been in a worse position and God has had mercy on us, great mercy on us.
My brothers and sisters, you have to be merciful. If God has shown you mercy then make sure that you are showing mercy to others. Show mercy liberally. Walk in the Spirit, walk in the love of God, and let that mercy that He has shown you flow out of you to others. Show mercy to others, my friends. May the Lord Jesus bless you.