Choose To Show Mercy
Compassionate treatment toward someone who you really could be mean and nasty to is what it means to show mercy. Often times, we get so angry with people and fly off the deep end. They made me mad, so I am going to give them a piece of my mind. I’m not going to do this for them or I’m not going to do that. Bottom line is this, we all make mistakes. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, we all do. That’s just a part of life and we expect people to have mercy on us. We expect people to forgive us when we wrong them, sometimes whether we ask for that forgiveness or not. Yet, find it virtually impossible to show that same mercy towards someone else. Why is that? To me, this goes back to the simple principle of the golden rule. Aren’t we suppose to treat people the same way we want to be treated?
Taking this a little bit deeper, God shows us mercy each and every day. Nobody is perfect and He knows that we have all fallen short of His Glory. He continues to love on us, bless us, protect us, provide for us in spite of our shortcomings because He is just that kind of God. When I think about mercy, I’m always reminded of John 8, where the lady is caught in adultery and the people are ready to stone her to death. Jesus steps in and tells them, “he without sin, let him throw the first stone”. I love that story because as I said earlier is just seems like everyone is quick to point the finger at others and throw stones, when truth be told you should have a few bricks thrown right back at you. We hand folks over to God’s mercy, yet show none ourselves and that is just not right.
Think about that the next time you are ready to call somebody out and start pointing fingers. We all have our faults. Your fault may be different from mine, but it does not make one any worse than the other. A sin is a sin, but God’s love supersedes all. Do not beat yourself up over your mistakes and do not beat anyone else up over theirs. Instead choose to show mercy. This day and every day I want you to remember that you are clothed with God’s tenderhearted mercy. How greatly God has blessed you! How greatly God truly loves you! #iDeclare #ChooseToShowMercy
Psalms 86:5 KJV “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
Ephesians 2:4 ESV “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us”
Titus 3:5 NLT “He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”