Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Question: How do we obtain mercy?
Answer: Obtain is another way of saying we shall get or receive something. Mercy is obtained from God.
First, it is helpful to see that the mercy we show to others, does not really come from our own personal resources of love. It is a gift, a grace from God, for us to share with His other children. If we are stingy with love and mercy, we block the flow of God’s grace that should keep
refreshing and nourishing us. Have you ever seen a pond that lacks fresh water? It builds up scum and becomes murky. We do not want our hearts and minds to become stale and stagnant from lack of fresh supplies of grace and mercy.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phillipians 2)
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4)
We will learn a bit more about God’s grace and mercy in another lesson. But, for today, the point is that mercy is a gift from God, and is expressed by His children. In order to obtain mercy, we must give it out to others, even when we may think they do not deserve it. That is the most important time to share mercy.
Practice: Start thinking about how merciful you are these days. Is there anyone who needs a
little more kindness from you? Is there a friend or sibling who needs forgiveness from you? Do
you need to be easier on yourself?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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