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Feb 21, 2023

The word “mercy” has its root in the Hebrew word “hesed.” A word used in the Old Testament to express the unique quality of the love and mercy of God. It means to identify with the suffering of others. To go through something with another person. To enter another person’s problems or dilemma with understanding and acceptance.

As Jesus followers, we have experienced “hesed” in and through Jesus. To be merciful then is to identify with the suffering of others, to empathize, and to be generous.

This is the sixth episode in a series on the Beatitudes. Find these episodes on the podcast page at