Blessed Are The Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

And again

“And the second is like it, you shall love others as yourself.”

Most people seem to have no problem with the last part of Jesus’ second command quoted above. We have no problems loving ourselves.

I see just enough people who can empathize with others to maintain my faith in humans. For so many seem to have little or no empathy.

My generation was dubbed the “Me Generation” years (and years) ago by Time magazine, I believe. I remember talking to a classmate in college about having empathy toward a professor who had a lot to offer, yet he wound up at a small liberal arts college in rural Ohio. “I don’t care,” he replied.

I have witnessed the very same attitudes countless times daily since then. “I don’t care.” “They got what they deserved.” “What orphans?” “So what?”

Even in everyday conversation. Do you ever catch yourself that your comments are all about yourself? Is it just occasionally? Or is it often. Try stopping to count.

Do you ever notice speakers whose every reference is about themselves?

How many of our generation will receive mercy?

I pray for a reaction by the next generations who may rebel against all that “all about me” thinking?

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