Matthew 5:7 - Passing Over Transgression

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“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”  -Matthew 5:7

What does it mean to be merciful? Does it simply mean to be kind or to forgive? Actually, showing mercy is a function of having an advantage of over someone - they owe you a debt of some kind, or you are entitled to something from them. Maybe they have sinned against you or harmed you, maybe they owe you money. Whatever it is, they are in your power in some way. To be merciful to someone is to release them from your power when they do not deserve it, to forgive their debt whether tangible or intangible, to write it off and your own expense. It is so tempting to stand on our rights and cling to what seems fair. After all, why should we show mercy to someone who has wronged us when we are the ones who have lost or suffered something at their hands?

When we ask ourselves this question, we are forgetting the great debt we have owed which has been wiped clean on our behalf.

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression" - Micah 7:18

Jesus Christ, as the son of God, was the most powerful person to ever take on human flesh. Each and every one of us owed him a debt that we could never hope to repay, and he was fully entitled and fully able to extract from us the price for our rebellion. Instead, he made himself, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf. Whatever debt we are owed by others is negligible in comparison with that. He had us at a disadvantage and showed us mercy. He asks in return that we do the same for those who we have at a disadvantage. (2 Samuel 22:26, Luke 7:36-50)

In a world obsessed with power, where everyone is bent toward vying for authority and dominion over others, the first and most powerful being to whom belongs all authority in heaven and on earth, came to establish a kingdom where the first would be last and the last would be first. (Matthew 20:16) He set the precedent for all time by making himself last in favor of his own rebellious creation. He subverted every artificial human hierarchy and every claim to lord an advantage over others. What is our grateful obligation toward him and our required response

To be merciful to others, as He was merciful to us, is to subvert the kingdoms and hierarchies of this world

toward others when we walk in perpetual awareness to this undeserved gift? It must be to “pay forward” this mercy if we wish to inhabitant His kingdom.

To be merciful to others, as He was merciful to us, is to subvert the kingdoms and hierarchies of this world, and to re-establish the kingdom of our merciful savior here on earth, honoring Him as rightful king of all creation by putting ourselves last when we feel entitled to be first, giving up our rights as he gave up his, and thereby acknowledging as first Him who put himself last for our sake.

posted by Daily,
September 04 18

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