Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). Implicit in Jesus’ promise is this reality: the merciful recognize their own need for mercy. Otherwise, how could Jesus’ promise hold any weight? If I don’t need mercy, then what good is there in promising me mercy? But if I see my own need of mercy, then I will want to emulate any description of those who obtain mercy. The merciful recognize their own need for mercy.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. (Proverbs 9:6) It’s interesting how these two things go together: forsaking foolishness and living, truly living in the light of Christ. In order to pursue the way of truth, the way of understanding, you must forsake the company of foolish companions. You can’t do them both. You can’t go in the way of understanding, but also keep your foolish friends close by. “Forsake the foolish and live,” and in forsaking the foolish, “go in the way of understanding.” In order to be able to pursue, to really go