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

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16.

Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:

The measure with which you measure is measured back to you, and more besides. As you have freely received, freely give. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10.

One of the precious and beautiful gifts I give you is mercy. My mercy endures forever. Jesus is My gift of mercy to you. I justified you legally in Jesus from your sins, but I sent Him to you because of My love and mercy. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.” Psalm 89:14. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7. I am the God of tender mercies and compassion. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

Mercy has to do with forgiveness and grace. It is unearned and freely given. It is a matter of seeing with the heart because mercy makes no sense to the worldly minded. It does not profit the giver in the material sense, or even the justice or vengeance sense, but it makes for a prosperous soul. “The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.” Proverbs 11:17. And when your soul prospers so do your body and your finances. For I am your source and I am merciful and I give you it freely. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. Mercy, like faith, works by love. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His lovingkindness toward those who revere Him.” Psalm 103:11.

When people came to Jesus to be healed while He was living among you according to the flesh they would ask Him to have mercy on them. They associated healing with mercy, and rightly so. Mercy has to do with compassion for another’s burden and the desire to free them from it. It is freely given and is not based on merit. It is more about who the giver is than who the receiver is. Mercy is not earned or deserved but freely given by one who is kind, compassionate, and caring. Mercy flows from unconditional love.

And today mercy is still flowing to you from My throne of grace, not just for forgiveness of sin but also for healing, provision, deliverance, refuge, protection, direction, and telling you of things to come and giving you creative ideas and teaching you to prosper. Jesus has not stopped working on your behalf even now, for I raised Him from the dead as your great good Shepherd and your great High Priest ever living to make intercession for you. “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:17-18. He has mercy to help you get through any trial. He understands. Remember He prayed Peter through the shame of his denial of Jesus the night He was betrayed so that Peter became the leader of the early community of believers and preached so effectively to the crowd on the day of Pentecost that 3,000 people received Jesus as Lord and were born again. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Mark 5:7. And that is the next beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount. And this is again a Kingdom principle. What you sow you reap. When you give mercy, you receive mercy, both from Me and your fellow man. It will come back to you in surprising and wonderful ways. The harvest of mercy sown is mercy received. “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful.” 2 Samuel 22:26.

People who have hard hearts towards others generally have a hard heart towards Me as well. Once Peter asked My Son, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22. Meaning times without number.

And in Jesus, that is the way I have forgiven you. I put ALL your sins on Jesus and accounted them to Him. That is why when My children sin and confess to Me their sin, I am faithful and JUST to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. Your sin has already been judged, condemned and given the death sentence in Jesus. And you know it was totally wiped out and forgiven, because I raised Him glorious from death, signifying you are out of prison and totally justified. He came to set the captives free. Luke 4:18. You have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. And that is how I forgive you and everyone else—Jesus paid for every person’s sins from the beginning to the end of time. I have given you forgiveness, but it is only effective in your life if you open the door to your heart and receive it. If you do not, you will die in your own sins. So the primary and only sin that keeps a person from entering Heaven is that of refusing to open your heart to receive My gift of Jesus and all the benefits that come to you in Him. Psalm 103:1-5.

But the standard I must show in judging you is the same standard you use for others. That is why you are wise to be merciful. Forgive others as I forgave you. How did I forgive you? By the blood of Jesus that made propitiation for your sins. But He died and paid the ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:6. So that means He has paid you as well for the sins committed against you. If you will not forgive and extend mercy to another you are simply telling Me that the blood of Jesus is not enough for you. Then I am bound to apply that same standard to you for your sins.

My Son told a parable on this, just after He answered Peter’s question on how often you must forgive.

And so Jesus explained, “For this reason the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:23-35.

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 30-32.

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:12-14.

I have poured My love in your heart by the gift of the Holy Spirit. You can love with My love and there is no higher or greater love than that. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His lovingkindness toward those who revere Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who revere Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who revere Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.” Psalm 103:11-18.

If you are finding it hard to forgive, come to Me and I will help you. I will share My heart with you and My tender mercies. Jesus was tempted in every way that you are but never gave in to unforgiveness and sin. And I have given Him to you so you can live your life through Him. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16.

I love you. I will always give you all the grace and help you need to live a life filled with tender mercy and in living that you will find mercy will come back to you, from Me and even from those you thought to be your enemies. “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7.

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