Mountain Moving Monday: Mercy

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Word Study: Mercy

The original meaning of mercy in this verse is taken from the Greek word Eleos, which means active compassion.

Let’s look at the word mercy in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

Sometimes our mountains are so big because our mercy is so little. We can become so focused on self that we can’t find time to help anybody else. Mercy is about mobility. Mercy moves you to action. Mercy compels compassion and care.

Mercy does not merely have pity on others who are hurting, poor, or in sin; mercy moves us to pointing them to Jesus who can heal them. We should not merely feel sorry for others, we should be lovingly concerned and urged to do something.

If your heart ever says, “I feel bad for that person,” your spirit may be telling you to move. That may be in the form of giving to a charity, volunteering at a soup kitchen, shelter, or orphanage, offering an hour of your time to listen to a widow, or reading to a child who is having difficulty learning. Mercy is love, mercy listens, mercy moves on another’s behalf.

Having mercy can make your mountains move, for one: because you’re not focused on them, and for two: because while you’re activating mercy in the lives of others, God is activating and releasing His mercy right back onto us.


Dear Father, you are always merciful toward us. Your mercy moved the mountain of death because you sent your son Jesus to conquer it. Your mercy saved our lives. Your mercy woke us up this morning to face another day with you by our sides. Help us to develop a more merciful spirit towards others. Teach us not just to feel sorry, but to be sacrificial. Teach us to be less concerned with our mountains and help another move mountains in their lives by seeking you. Help us to understand that the true meaning of mercy is mobility. We pray Lord that we don’t wait on you to move in our lives, but to live our lives moving for you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

How will mercy move you and your mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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