Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5 : 1-12
Throughout the entire sermon, we come to realize that we are sinners, and are not adequate enough. We need to look outward for help - for mercy. We need that mercy to see where we fall short, how weak we are and how inadequate we are. But we are not to be in despair because we see how much of a sinner we are, but we are to rejoice because the King has shown us mercy.
And we are shown mercy and forgiveness, we are to show that to others. Those who are working through the step in a traditional twelve step program or a Celebrate recovery program, know that there is a time to forgive others for the wrongs that were done against them. It is a time of healing and also freedom.
By extending that mercy and forgiveness to others we know where to obtain it for ourselves. We look forward to the day when we enter His kingdom not because of our good deeds, but rather because of the mercy He extended to us.
Each day, those who know God's mercy, shall be merciful. We must never get to the point where we feel we deserve God's mercy. We must never forget the provisions that God alone provides.