Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
"Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
“The merciful” have tender compassion and show kind consideration, even pity, for the disadvantaged. Jesus miraculously relieved suffering because he “felt pity,” or was “moved with pity.” (Matthew 14:14; 20:34) Pity and consideration should therefore prompt us to be merciful. (James 2:13) When a crowd met Jesus on his way to get some rest, “he was moved with pity for them, because they were as sheep without a shepherd.” Consequently, “he started to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34) What joy we experience as we similarly share the Kingdom message with others and tell them about God’s great mercy! When we treat people mercifully, they usually respond in a similar way. (Luke 6:38) Moreover, Jesus said: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14) Only the merciful know the happiness that results from forgiveness of sins and divine approval.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 1:6-8)