Lord Jesus, what is your desire? And the Bible spoke to me loudly……..
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13)
I began to ponder over this scripture. The background of this scripture is as follows. Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow him.
Matthew left everything and followed Him. Most probably Matthew spread the word among many tax collectors and sinners. They all gathered in the place where Jesus Christ was.
Pharisees began to grumble that Jesus was eating with sinners.
Why did Jesus says go and learn? Pharisees could not comprehend why Jesus associated with these sinners. Pharisees were merciless towards these fellows.
Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
We are given same instructions. We are supposed to be merciful as we are children of merciful Father.
Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Jesus in His sermon on the mount mentioned about mercifulness. The merciful will receive mercy in return for mercy.
Matthew 18:33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?‘
One slave wasn’t merciful with fellow slave. We have received abundant mercy, therefore let us be merciful to fellow human beings.
There is a greater need of showing mercy towards others in this merciless world we are living today. May God’s mercy fill our hearts. Let this mercy flow through us towards others in need of it.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
This👆 is what God requires of you and me.
God bless you dear friend. Thanks for reading.
God bless you. Shalom.🕊️