Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
There are times when the last thing on our minds is whether or not we are showing mercy. We, the offended, become the offender when lack of compassion and kindness spews forth from our mouths or actions. We feel justified. After all, we are the offended. But, is this what we expect from God?
We expect mercy to be eternal, everlasting, and gracious when it comes from God. So, why should we be merciful? We are not God. Why then, should we show mercy? Because, like forgiveness, without mercy we will never receive mercy. James 2:13 For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment.
Every action we take and every reaction we have will dictate the results we receive now and in the coming judgment. Here on earth we face many personal trials and tribulations as we move forward in our attempts to navigate the roads of life. Every day we potentially face a threat in one way or another. Every day we have the potential of threatening in one way or another. For some, threats are a way to results. For others, understanding, compassion, and mercy is the key.
Who’s right and who’s wrong may not be in question when we face the ultimate last days or moments of our lives. At that time we will probably only be seeking mercy. The Word assures us that when we show mercy we will receive mercy and blessings. If we could gauge our temperament by the Word of God, mercy would exude from our very being every day of our lives.
The good Samaritan was a biblical example of mercy.
1. Show forgiveness quickly. Mercy is forgiving. Forgiveness can turn a volatile miscommunication into spiritual growth.
Colossians 3:12-13 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
James 2:12 So speak and so act as [people should] who are to be judged under the law of liberty [the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love].
2. Attempt to understand before you judge. Judging quickly lacks mercy. It is for God to judge. Not us.
Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them.
Romans 2:6-8 He will pay all people back for what they have done. 7He will give everlasting life to those who search for glory, honor, and immortality by persisting in doing what is good. But he will bring 8anger and fury on those who, in selfish pride, refuse to believe the truth and who follow what is wrong.
3. Acknowledge God in everything you do. Sinful humanity ignores God. If you refuse God or God’s guidance through his word and commandments, you may think you’re doing well, but your end is eternal death.
Proverbs 14:22 Don’t those who stray plan what is evil, while those who are merciful and faithful plan what is good?
Psalm 145:8 The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.
4. Practice mercy to others in place of cruelty. When you show mercy to others, you are fulfilling God’s will in your life. God will replay. When you practice giving mercy, mercy is easier to give each time.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are those who show mercy. They will be treated mercifully.
Proverbs 11:17 A merciful person helps himself, but a cruel person hurts himself.
Romans 12:19-21 Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20But, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed.” 21Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.
5. Let others know about the mercy of God. In this way you share the good news of salvation.
Mark 5:19 But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, “Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you.”
Luke 1:78 A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.
Hebrews 2:17-18 Therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters so that he could be merciful. He became like them so that he could serve as a faithful chief priest in God’s presence and make peace with God for their sins. 18Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.