The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 25 August 2019 – Blessed Are The Merciful
TOPIC: Blessed Are The Merciful
READ: Matthew 25:31-46 King James Version (KJV)
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
As the righteous give up the selfish life, they are to embrace acts of mercy as the rule of the new life. Our Lord Jesus Christ will one day sit on the throne of His glory and He will separate the people one from another.
The word ‘nation’ used here refers to persons and not to countries, just as the Lord said to Rebecca about the two nations (persons) in her womb. A kingdom has been prepared for the righteous from the foundation of the world.
It is good for us to note that the acts that commended the righteous to the praise of the King were acts of mercy done in the service of mankind. This, in part, is a continuation of what we saw yesterday the life of service through the act of mercy.
The righteous think about (serving) others, and not about themselves. This impressed the Lord very much. In hunger, the righteous gave Him food; in thirsty, drink; as a stranger, he was taken in, etc. Let us begin to minister to others.
PRAYER: Lord, please grant me the grace to do Your will and make heaven at last, in Jesus Name. Amen.