Be Merciful

Aug 31, 2017  |     |   General

     Whenever people hurt or disappoint us, our human nature leads us to dislike them because of their shortcomings. But God’s desire for us is to love all people, including our enemies. 

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.  But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48

     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.

“Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” – Luke 6:36-37

     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. 

Dawn Lindsey
Communications Specialist