Want to Find Happiness? Spread Mercy! Part Two
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7
There is no one definitive path to happiness, but one thing that is sure to help is spreading Mercy. When we make a concerted effort to be kind and compassionate towards others, we make the world a better place and make ourselves happier. However, the effects of kindness on happiness are very great. Being kind to others leads to increased feelings of happiness, joy, and love. In fact, the positive emotions that come from being kind may even last longer than the emotions we feel from receiving kindness.
Research shows that when someone does something kind for another person, that person’s brain releases oxytocin, also known as the “feel-good hormone.” Oxytocin is associated with happiness, stress relief, and calming sensations. So, not only will you make someone else happy by extending Mercy, but you’ll also make yourself happy in the process! That is why those who are high in Mercy are also high in happiness and contentment. So, if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, consider showing Mercy.
Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
A Muslim friend of mine always receives our daily devotion to WhatsApp. I know she wasn’t expecting to receive that kind of message from our ministry because I know her religion. But one day, we forwarded the daily devotional message to her, and God touched her heart to read it. Fortunately, a friend of hers was going through some difficult times in her life that needed the same message to be delivered from the point of death. So she forwarded the message to her friend and saved her.
Up till today, my Muslim friend has been forwarding our daily devotion with faith to her friends, nieces, and nephews because Mercy teaches us that we are all equal. You see, all the findings, the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ about Mercy, and what my friend experienced when she shared the daily devotion without thinking of hearsay and the consequences are not only true but also very practical. It all makes sense when you think about it – after all, Mercy is the act of being kind and compassionate to others, which is a key ingredient to happiness. James 3:16 says, “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice.”
1. Oh! Lord, I thank you for your love and kindness towards me.
2. I pray, take away every jealousy and selfish ambition in my heart in Jesus’ name.
3. Let your peace and harmony be with me to spread your Mercy to others in Jesus