GOD’S Holy desire for us is to be merciful to one another and in so doing we must humble ourselves and consider others before we think of ourselves. We need to be selfless and extend the hands of mercy all around us. Another word we can use for mercy is lovingkindness. I love that word! I guess because it means being kind with much love attached.
WHAT WE NEED MOST TODAY, IN EVERY KIND OF WAY IS MERCY!
In the book of Matthew it says this……..
“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY.”
Our Savior Jesus showed mercy to all HE crossed paths with. HE showed mercy to the poor, the infirm and those pushed to the margins. HIS merciful hands did the healing and the praying for the broken. HIS merciful words encouraged HIS disciples and any man or women HE met. Those in HIS presence were changed, either from HIS words, or HIS touch.
Have you been touched by HIS mercy lately? Because if we have, then as Christians we are commanded to extend that same mercy to others, no matter who they are.
So what could mercy look like today in our chaotic world? Could we be better listeners and less judgemental? What if we opened our hearts more in a transparent way, because the heart that allows GOD’S love in extends it to those around it in a sacrificial and generous way. What if mercy meant more to us than material things?
What if we walked side by side in unity rather than division…….JESUS saw everyone as equal……..and HE equally loved and extended mercy to mankind. HE didn’t favor one over another. What if we did the same?
PSALM 143: 10 “MAY YOUR GRACIOUS SPIRIT LEAD ME ON LEVEL GROUND.”
Oh that we walk the path HE directs us in, all with the willingness to extend the hand and heart of mercy!
A heart full of GOD’S wisdom helps us walk with daily mercy in all relationships in our lives. Mercy helps us develop deep, authentic and lasting relationships!
Mercy extended to others is so very tangible, it can be seen and it certainly has a lasting effect.
Remember the story told by JESUS about the good Samaritan? When the Samaritan saw his fellow man beaten along the side of the road, he had compassion upon him, and he bound the man’s wounds and brought him to an inn and took care of him. The Samaritan went out of his way to pay the innkeeper to take good care of this poor man until the Samaritan returned. What an example of mercy and what an example of caring for someone that was a stranger! At the end of the story JESUS says this to anyone who will listen……
LUKE 10: 37 “YOU GO, AND DO LIKEWISE.”
Let us go and be merciful with much kindness and love for one another. Why? Because “blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Since JESUS gave us mercy in the midst of all our sins, how can we not extend the same mercy that was so preciously given to us? JESUS died on the Cross for you and for me and for the two criminals on either side of HIM. HE extended mercy to all mankind when we didn’t deserve it…….HIS mercy was a free gift of lovingkindness. Let us live daily by HIS example.
LET US HAVE MERCY WITH WHOLE HEART, NOT JUST BECAUSE OUR MINDS TELL US TO, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE ALSO BLESSED TO GIVE IT TO ONE ANOTHER……..LOVE AND MERCY GO HAND IN HAND.
PSALM 103: 8 “THE LORD IS MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER AND ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE.”