Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 NIV
Often when we think of mercy as showing compassion to someone.—for example, giving food to the hungry. So it is that, but another meaning is forgiveness.
Each Sunday, we say these words, "Forgive our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us." In asking for God's forgiveness, we ask him to show mercy. We are all okay with that; we like the idea of receiving mercy. That other part follows "as we," which is hard for us. However, Jesus tells us that forgiveness is a requirement and a blessing. Even if the person does not respond to our forgiveness, we still receive God's mercy.
God of mercy, we thank you for your compassion and forgiveness. Please help us be not just recipients of your mercy but also givers. Let out actions be for your glory. Amen.