Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Christmas has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. I’m the guy who is ready to listen to Christmas songs in August, and I may as well keep a year-long supply of eggnog in the fridge because I just love it. But I honestly have no pretensions when it comes to my love of Christmas; I know it’s not the cold, or the movies, or the food. Trust me, I love those things, but Christmas is my favorite for one reason: presents. Receiving presents, specifically.
There’s nothing better than reading your name on a package or pulling your stocking down and testing its weight. I love finding out what people think I like, how they think I should dress, and how their faces light up when I open my present. The best is showing up somewhere, and they have a gift for you even though you weren’t expecting it!
I’m getting older now, so the prime of my gift getting days is behind me, and now people expect me to give presents back. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving presents for all the same reasons I like getting them, but it’s just different. Giving gifts just makes no sense at all; why would I spend the money to get someone a present, when I could use that money for food, rent, or literally anything else? Why should my resources go to someone who may not even like what I get them? Why don’t we all just get gifts for ourselves and call it a day?
Mercy is like that too. I really love receiving mercy, I want everyone to give me mercy, and I want to be surprised by it at every turn. But it’s harder to gift mercy. It’s harder to give than receive.
But mercy doesn’t work like that, and love doesn’t work like that.
When the love is there, giving is the most natural thing in the world. When love is there, I go out of my way to find things that my friends and family will like. When we’re loving the ones who we’re giving to, then we can never give enough.
How can we possibly be merciful to all those around us? How can I love them that way? We can love them that way because Jesus loves them that way. We can show them mercy because God showed them that mercy first. We couldn’t love them well enough on our own anyway, only Jesus can love them perfectly, and he uses us to show his loved ones how much mercy he has for them. He uses us to show how mercy is bountiful for everyone, for every loved one.