We sometimes describe people saying, “He is so unmerciful.” We mean by this that he lacks feeling for others. He is void of compassion. He has a harsh and judgmental spirit.
This should not be with true disciples of Jesus! Those who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world are merciful! They have a heart of compassion and mercy for those in need. Why? Because they know what it means to stand in need of God’s mercy.
Jesus described those who, in poverty of spirit, recognized their need for mercy. They realize their wretched condition before God. They mourn and grieve over it. They replaced the self-righteous spirit of self-defense with meekness toward others.
Out of their realization of emptiness, they hunger and thirst for what is right!