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Davidisms - To Receive Mercy, Give Mercy

If you want to receive mercy, give mercy to someone else. Mercy means not receiving what you deserve. Or said another way, it’s showing compassion and forgiveness toward someone within your right to punish. God’s gift of mercy to us - through Jesus’s death on the cross - is the greatest act of mercy in human history. God had every right to punish us, but instead he didn’t give us what we deserve: eternal separation from him. Instead, he forgave us. Jesus said it himself: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Jesus is speaking of a supernatural law of the universe - the law of reciprocity. Whatever we give out, we get back. Whatever we reap, we sow. Give mercy to someone, and you will receive mercy from someone. Jesus promised that if you give mercy, mercy will be returned to you. Perhaps it will be from someone unrelated to you and your circumstances. Or perhaps from the person to whom you extended it who doesn’t deserve it. But mercy will come back to you. Jesus said so. It’s a law of the universe. Do this today: Give mercy to someone who needs it! One day, you will need it too.

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