Blessed are the Merciful?

This poem is based on The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:7, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.’

INTRO: Mercy reminds me of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, meaning “golden joinery,’ which treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to discard or throw away. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. When we seek mercy from God or a person we have wronged. We pay mercy forward by extending compassion or forgiveness to someone who does not deserve it. Mercy is also a desire to relieve the suffering of someone less fortunate than ourselves.


To extend mercy is to act compassionately to those in distress or hurting, especially when it is within one’s power to punish or harm them. The word mercy means “price paid.” Show mercy to those who have hurt you, to those who have offended you, toward those who are less fortunate than yourself.  Beverley Joy

I love this Feature image I found that combines Kintsugi and a hand with which to show mercy as an action we take. We must do something, act, for someone other than ourselves.

The setting: The Romans did not consider mercy as a virtue. They honoured and respected courage, personal power, and totalitarianism. Mercy was considered a weakness of character.  Successful Romans would have felt ashamed to be called merciful.

PODCAST Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy

God proved His love, grace, and justice

Through Jesus dying on the cross

God’s mercy saves and redeems us

Not because of what we have done.

God is rich in mercy and forgiveness

They overflow from His deep love

Which He has for all of us.

The Lord hears our plea for mercy

To which He extends forgiveness

But God’s judgment has no mercy

For those who show no mercy.

Guilty of our sin, we crave mercy

We seek mercy for ourselves

For the wrong deeds we’ve done to others

And we show mercy to love our neighbours.

A believer in God shows mercy

Through kindness, forgiveness, and gentleness

Key elements of God’s character

As we live out His love to others.

Mercy does not say:

“I will only care for those

Who will return care to me”?

“I’ll pay you back, not make amends

It’s ‘my right’ to take revenge.”

Cruelty stems from our self-centredness

That does not value showing mercy

That marches to the anthem cry

‘I live for me, myself and I.’

Jesus showed mercy not expecting a reward

To criminals, the sick, the disabled and poor

The rif raf, the outcasts, the lonely and sad,

Those in society who cannot give back.

The value of mercy does not make you rich

It’s an investment in humanity

It’s given freely to those who are seeker

Attracting abundant returns to the sender.

Mercy is more than a whiff of pity

It is not reluctant to stop and help

It’s driven by empathy for the victim

To understand and get inside their mind.

God gives mercy for our misery,

Which is a result of our sin

God’s grace offers pardon for our sin

And mercy, relief from God’s punishment.

Grace comes first, when we forgive

Mercy comes second, lifting the punishment

Without mercy, mankind is hostile and selfish

Angry and lacking tenderness.

What Jesus taught challenges our thinking

Pray for your enemies, continue forgiving

Do not retaliate or show revenge

Hold no grudges nor slander others.

Share God’s good news with our enemies

Show mercy by helping meet their needs

Pray for those we hate

Pardon their evil ways.

When Jesus was insulted, he did not insult

When he was beaten, he did not fight back

But entrusted Himself to God, the final judge

Who will judge without mercy those without love?

To show mercy does not earn mercy in return

God’s mercy gives us what we don’t deserve

Pardon and forgiveness through death on a cross

Of His only son Jesus, why? Because God first loved us.

God came down and lived in human skin

Jesus became the merciful High Priest

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases

His mercies never come to an end.

Those who cry out to God for mercy

Become givers of mercy themselves

As we give mercy God pours out more

And we sing in praise the mercy of our Lord.

Beverley Joy © 2022 Simply Story Poetry All rights reserved.

Read or listen to other poems in this series: The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit?, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?

References: Chuck Swindoll – Insight , John MacArthur – Grace To You, Alistair Begg – Truth For Life

Some of the Bible references: Psalm 89:1-2, Titus 3:5, Eph 2:4, James 2:13, Heb 2:17, 1 Peter 1:3  

Matthew 5:1-12 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible copyright © 1999 Zondervan

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