The Lord Jesus calls those blessed who are merciful (Matthew 5.7). He means those who are full of compassion towards others. They pity all who are suffering either from sin or sorrow, and are tenderly desirous to make their sufferings less. They are full of good works and endeavors to do good. Blessed are all such! Both in this life and in that to come they shall reap a rich reward. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), from a meditation on Matthew 5.1-12.