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Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."

Mercy can be defined as an act of compassion, kindness, or favour towards others.

As humans, we are naturally selfish. So many of us are ready receivers, but are, at times,  hesitant givers.

All of us are in need of mercy, kindness, and favour at some stage of our lives. Therefore, as we interact with others, it is important to do so empathetically and compassionately.

Our verse of focus encourages us to be merciful. Showing mercy means that the other person is treated better than he or she deserves. When we demonstrate a merciful disposition, we are displaying a Christ-like spirit.

The verse concludes with the fact that, when we are merciful, we shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is one of the attributes of God. 'His mercies are new every morning'. (Lamentations 3:23). Each day, God generously gives us a fresh supply of His unfailing mercies.  God does not treat us as we deserve. Therefore, as we freely receive from God, we ought to freely give to others. We are blessed to bless our fellowman. May we be merciful in all our interactions with others.

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