If people can see love in your heart, instead of anger and judgement, that will give them evidence that Christ is working in you! One of the greatest privileges we have in life is to follow His example, and we can do that by being generous in spirit and by giving mercy to others as they need it.
When someone hurts or offends us, it is easy to make a list and keep count of everything they’ve done wrong. But God is asking us to be like Him. In Lamentations 3:22-23 it tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning. In Isaiah 43:25 He says, “I will blot out your transgressions and remember your sins no more.” I have learned the best thing we can do for ourselves is to let go of the hurt…to lose count of how others have wronged us…and leave the past in the past.
We reap what we sow and whatever we give away to others is what we’ll receive in return I believe. If you want mercy, then sow mercy! If you need a friend, then sow friendliness! If you have financial needs, then look for ways to meet someone else’s needs. The truth is when we sow mercy, we reap a harvest of peace, joy, and healthy relationships. We also take a giant step forward spiritually. Choosing to do what is right (even when it hurts) causes us to grow and mature in an amazing way.
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