Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We come now to the 5th snapshot Jesus pictured for his followers to dwell most fully in the Kingdom of God: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” So, SECRET #11 is: The follower of Jesus is filled with compassion toward others. To be merciful is to reach out with compassion, to treat everyone with grace and mercy. This means to identify with other’s needs or plight in life in a compassionate way. Insert yourself into their shoes as best you can. Search for how you might best assist them.
Practice initiating a positive effect toward the people in the world around you. Remember, whatever energy you give out, you receive it back at that very moment. It’s a reciprocal principle of life. When you give out something to another person, you receive it by the very act of giving it away. So, when you show mercy to someone, you feel this same mercy coming over you.
Being merciful or reaching out with compassion is a source of healing for those you touch and for yourself, so that everyone gets better. Don’t forget, this is not just an action toward another person; it’s an attitude that is most natural and present within the Kingdom lifestyle.
There is no way you will be able to reach out with compassion or be merciful without the dimension of being poor in spirit where you reaffirm your spiritual bankruptcy without God. Poor in spirit is a pre-requisite for being merciful to others. This makes so much sense when you think about it. It’s very difficult to show compassion to another person, when you are filled with pride and haughtiness. On the other hand, when you are a person who has a right evaluation of your self, God and others, you are freed up to be able to show genuine compassion to others. When you have received grace from God, it’s much easier to give out mercy.
Is it difficult for you to show mercy to other people? Then check out being “poor in spirit.” If you understand your poverty before God-a right evaluation of yourself before God, then you are able to offer mercy to another. If you are so caught up in yourself, then you won’t find it easy to extend mercy to another person at most any level.
So, beginning with a sincere acknowledgment of your desperate need for God, reach out to all those around you with sincere compassion. And, you will receive it right back in the process. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” This is better than Karma. This is immediate!
SECRET #11? The follower of Jesus is filled with compassion toward others.