Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Question: Who are “the merciful”?
Answer: The merciful are those who express compassion, forgiveness, kindness, good-will,
charity, benevolence, grace, and especially sympathy. Mercy is the opposite of cruelty, hardness, indifference, or harshness towards others.
In this Beatitude, Jesus is telling us that the next step in a Christian’s journey is reached when one is willing to stop and take notice of other people’s sufferings, and be willing to do something about it. Most importantly, it is telling us that if we wish to have the same kind of mercy and compassion shown to us, then we must be merciful to others.
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:
condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall
be given unto you . . . For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6)
Mary Baker Eddy considered mercy such an important quality, too, that she included it among the “tenets,” or important points, of Christian Science:
“And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.”
Further Study: A good introduction to the study of mercy is the story of the “Good Samaritan,” which can be found in Luke 10:25-37. Note that Samaritans were looked down upon by the Jews.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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