I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Once we read this verse, we would doubt if God shows partiality or favoritism. But when we read Acts 10:34, Peter says, “God shows no partiality“. It appears contradictory when read superficially. That’s why God wants us to explore such verses; if asked, he reveals.
“God … gives grace to the humble” – 1 Peter 5:5. We read humbleness across the scripture many times. Jesus revealed himself as an example of humbleness. When he came to save this world, he didn’t choose a King’s palace or a rich’s bungalow to be born. Rather, he born in cowshed finding no place in the inn. At last, before the last supper, he washed the legs of his disciples to show his humbleness. When Jesus, creator of this world took the form of humbleness, we men, made out of sand should also be humble. Then he will show grace.
When Jesus was preaching a crowd from the top of a mountain, in Matthew 5:7 said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy“. To what extent we show mercy to others, we will also be shown. Yes, mercy shown to the merciful
While we show compassion, mercy and be gracious to others, we will be loved by God. Then God will be gracious and will show mercy on us!