Mountain Moving Monday: Merciful

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." (Luke 6:36, NASB)

Word Study: Merciful

The original meaning of merciful in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Oiktirmone, which means compassionate or to exercise pity.

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

Want to know how to confuse the enemy? Show mercy. When Jesus wanted to confuse the enemy, he was found showing mercy:

Jesus gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27-31, Mark 8:22-26, John 9:1-7)
Jesus forgave (Luke 7:37-48, Luke 19:1-10)
Jesus healed (Matthew 9:20-22)
Jesus showed compassion (Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 1:41, Psalm 147:3)
Jesus led (2 Corinthians 2:14)
Jesus died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6-8)

We too, were once enemies of God, but when He showed mercy to us the result was salvation. We must show mercy towards our enemies in order to lead them to that same salvation found in Jesus (Acts 4:11-12). Typically, we want to retaliate against our enemies, but like Jesus we must show them mercy. We want to fight back, but like Jesus we need to forgive!

Jesus moved the mountains in His life by loving those who were deemed unlovable and by exercising compassion regardless of how they treated Him.

One thing we must realize in our spiritual warfare, is that our enemy is not the people we interact with, but satan ("For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms," Ephesians 6:12). He wants to see us fail, fall down, and forsake the Lord; yet because he is our enemy, we must use the word to defeat him, just as Jesus did (Matthew 4:1-11).

We can choose to get even or we can choose to be merciful:

To the co-worker who lied on you to the boss, show mercy.
To your spouse who forgot your anniversary, show mercy.
To your child who didn't give you the note about parent-teacher night, show mercy.
To the sister at church who omitted your name from the ladies' email list, show mercy.

The mountain that we’re moving today is our enemy, satan, and we’re moving that mountain by showing mercy to all people, just like Jesus!


Dear Lord, please mold our hearts to love as you love. Sometimes in our anger we want to get even; however we need to see everyone as a soul in need of mercy. We pray that our lives of love and compassion lead our enemy to you, so that they may receive salvation. Our plea is that we follow the example of Jesus, and love, forgive, and show mercy. In His name we pray, Amen!

*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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