Blessed are the merciful. For they shall obtain mercy” [Matthew 5:7]

Many years ago a Methodist minister taught me that repentance is a lifestyle.  In other words a continuous way of living, a constant turning to God as the answer.  Through this truth I learned repentance was not just an event, but an experience that changes the attitude.  With this as a basis, every principle of kingdom living has unfolded and developed deeper understanding of the ways and wisdom of God.

Every man remains capable of making mistakes, causing offence and sinning.  This is not the problem!  The problem is – how much mercy is revealed within the heart and life of God’s people toward the one sinning?   Self or others.

Jesus, when speaking of his life calling made this so clear when He said to His disciples, “But go and learn, what this means. I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”    [Matthew 9:13]

For the child of God learning in the school room of the Holy Spirit it is not about what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’.  It’s about living in the attitude of mercy.  If being ‘right’ is my goal then I will surely fail.  If being in Christ is my goal then His life will always be merciful to me and through me to others.

Self-righteousness will judge self and by virtue of its own nature, judge others thereby nullifying the power of the Cross of Calvary.    Echoing the answer to John’s question – “…what manner of love is this…”?  This is the manner of God’s love and the transforming power of His mercy.

Further Reading:  Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 17:1-5 AMP; 1 John 3:1-2