Natalie’s face fell. Kent knew he’d said too much, pushed too hard and intentionally hurt Natalie’s feelings. “I’m so sorry,” Kent said.
Surprising and unexpected, Natalie’s face softened and she immediately offered, “I forgive you.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
– Matthew 5:6-7 ESV
These words from Matthew’s gospel remind us that when we seek after righteousness and mercy, we will be rewarded with the satisfaction and mercy that we desire. This is an encouragement to pursue righteousness and mercy in our lives, knowing that God will reward us for our efforts.
Pursue righteousness and mercy, knowing that when you do, you will find the satisfaction and joy that comes from following God’s will.
We live in a world that often values selfishness and greed, and it can be tempting to focus on our own desires and needs. Perhaps Natalie offered Kent mercy because she knew she would need it from him or someone else someday.
This passage reminds us that true fulfillment and happiness come from seeking after righteousness and mercy. As Christians, when we hunger and thirst for these things, we will find satisfaction and joy that cannot be found in worldly pursuits.
When you choose to be merciful and compassionate towards others, you open yourself up to receive God’s mercy in return. This is not a transactional relationship, but rather a reminder that when you show mercy, you reflect the character of God and allow Him to work in and through you.
Be encouraged to pursue righteousness and mercy, knowing that when you do, you will find the satisfaction and joy that comes from following God’s will.
Today’s One Thing
Do you need mercy today? If you don’t, give it a little time and you likely will. Thank God today for the mercy He’s given to you as His child. Practice giving mercy to others today, especially those you normally wouldn’t.