Day 1 Read: Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Reflect: At first glance, which comes first here: people being merciful to people, or God showing mercy to people? Does this mean we earn God’s forgiveness by forgiving others?
Consider: Beautiful is the connection between this and the preceding beatitude. The one has a natural tendency to beget the other. As for the words, they seem directly fetched from Ps 18:25, “With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful.” Not that our mercifulness comes absolutely first. On the contrary, our Lord Himself expressly teaches us that God’s method is to awaken in us compassion towards our fellow men by His own exercise of it, in so stupendous a way and measure, towards ourselves.
Respond: Why must mercy be a quality that characterizes anyone who follows Christ? In what sense have we all been shown mercy?
 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 18.