Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
"Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy" (Matthew 5:7)
Mercy is manifested in a judicial sense when people forgive those who transgress against them, just as Jehovah mercifully forgives repentant ones. (Exodus 34:6, 7; Psalm 103:10) We can show mercy in that way and by our kind words and deeds that bring relief to disadvantaged individuals. A fine way to show mercy is to share Bible truths with others. Moved with pity for a crowd, Jesus "started to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34) We have reason to agree with Jesus' statement: "Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy." If we treat others mercifully, they are likely to respond in kind. We may find that the mercy we have shown to others will triumph over any adverse judgement that God might otherwise bring to bear against us when we are brought into judgement. (James 2:13) Forgiveness of sins and eternal life are only for the merciful.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 1:14, 15)