O the blessedness of the merciful, for they shall receive mercy
Have you ever walked down the street and someone was in need of some kind of help but you just walked by like the lawyer and the Pharisee in the Parable of the Good Samaritan’sno o ? Or we’re you like the American v8 whoby uv70g8 went out of his way to help in even the smallest way? The next blessing in the Beatitudes talks about having compassion or show pity on those who seem helpless. Having mercy on someone is the showing of sacrificial love through having empathy and love for those who are without in one way or another. Scripture tells us, “Whoever stops up his ears at the cry of the poor will himself cry, but not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13).
Like A Good Neighbor
It goes deeper than just helping with giving a little money to the beggar on the street. It is taking the time out to walk with the individual to an eatery and paying for a meal. It is giving the shirt off your back, helping in the soup line and sharing the gospel with the homeless and hopeless. It is going to a school and being a much needed mentor for students who need that extra push or the male/female role model that they are not getting at home. It is putting family first instead of sacrificing family time because your boss made you stay late for something that can wait till tomorrow when your spouse, son, or daughter have an activity you need to be at. It is helping a single mother or father take care of the kids so they can go do the things they need to do even though you had plans. It is planting a garden and giving a portion of the labor to someone in need.
A Sacrificial Love
John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than he who would give his life for his friends”. Jesus was talking about His upcoming sacrifice but like everything in Scripture there are other allusions, it is for us to understand that no matter what we are doing, if you see someone, get a call for help, anything really, you put your business on hold and take care of the others needs above your own. That is Sacrificial Love, that is mercy. It is the easiest thing to explain but the hardest thing to do for some.
Will you show mercy and be blessed with the mercy that Jesus shows us? Will you be a sheep or a goat (Matthew 25:31-46). May you be blessed in your daily walk with God. Jesus will carry you through the rough times in life and set you down when you are needed to help others. He will guide you through valley and set you in the pasture for rest. Share Jesus today.
May God’s Love pour down on you,
Rob, a Servant of God
If you are curious about other verses that discuss Sacrificial Love Here is a short list:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
1 John 4:18-19
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
2 Timothy 1:13
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Isaiah 53:1-12 (This chapter is not read by Rabbis and is excluded from the Torah readings)
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death.