“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”
that we will be filled with great joy whenever we are kind or merciful to someone who really needs some kindness. That is because our reward is having mercy shown to us when we
need it. We are being merciful, for instance, when we care for someone in trouble, and try to help them as best we can. Have you read the story of the “Good Samaritan” in the Bible
(Luke 10:25-37)? That story shows what mercy, caring, and compassion really are, and Jesus
tells us that these qualities are the sign of a good neighbour. We can also show mercy to others by forgiving someone who may have hurt us in some way. This is what Jesus always did.
Mercy also means that we should never say or do cruel or hurtful things to other people or
animals. Can you think of some ways you can start showing mercy and kindness to your friends and family?
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
Every human makes mistakes in life. No matter how hard we try to be good, there are times when something causes us to make a mistake. For instance, we may say something mean in the heat of anger, and we fear we will not be forgiven. How wonderful it feels when that person we
have hurt lets us know that everything is okay, and he or she is still our friend! Mercy and forgiveness are divine qualities that come from God. We must use these qualities generously with others. Then, God will see that we are shown mercy when we most need it, and God will “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” This mercy which we get, or “obtain,” from God, is the reward for those who are always merciful.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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