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Blessed Are The Merciful
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" Matthew 5:7
Dear all,

God has asked all of us to be merciful as He is merciful... but sometimes, mercy is not what you expect.  We were asked by a man begging us to show him mercy.  The man was a 62 year old--- tall, gentle and articulate. He was a professional welder.  30 years ago he had a welding accident that caused a fiery piece of steel to penetrate his eye.  It caused him to lose that eye.  For the next 25 years, he continued to weld being extra careful to protect his good eye.  5 years ago, that eye began to itch continuously.  He went to an eye doctor who told him he needed surgery.  But, the surgery turned out poorly.  He went to another eye doctor who after examining his eye insisted he needed surgery again.  He endured a second surgery, but still could not see well.  He went to yet another surgeon.  As is common in African countries, because he had money, he was again told he needed surgery.  Desperate, he went through with it, always hoping it was the answer to restoring his vision.  But, this surgeon butchered his eye.  It would never see again.  Now several years later, he has come to us in great pain.  He can no longer sleep.  He is now asking for mercy.  Will we please remove his only remaining eye and relieve his suffering.   I left the room in tears, realizing that this man lost his vision needlessly and now it had come down to this! We were not going to send him home with better vision...we were sending him home with NO EYES!!  My heart could not take it!  
 
But, the man smiled!  He was happy.  He was so grateful that we agreed to show him this mercy.  He smiled as we prayed with him before doing the surgery.
 
As I struggled with this side of mercy, I considered how God showed mercy and love to Adam and Eve when he threw them out of the Garden of Eden and placed an angel to guard it with a flaming sword so they could no longer enter.  It was merciful because God was already looking forward to His Son redeeming them and if they had returned to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, they then would have had to live forever in sin and shame.  God loved them too much to allow this.  He made a different plan to allow them to live forever without sin and shame. His plan was Jesus- The ultimate example of mercy.
God continues His mercy in that He is purposely not wiping out the ungodly right now because as Rom. 3:9 says "...His longsuffering towards us is because He is not willing that any should perish (in sin) but that all should come to repentance." His mercy is giving people more time!  We are to be like Him who says, "Love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil, therefore, be merciful just as your Father also is merciful." Lk. 6:35

Mercy does not always mean restoring what was lost, but mercy does always act in the best interest of people. (Being swallowed by a fish doesn't seem merciful...unless you consider the alternative!)

"He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
 
In Him,
Glenn and Kim