What is mercy?
One of our pastors spoke beautifully about this word today.
Here’s what I got from it:
Mercy is action. It’s not just a thought or feeling.
Mercy is intentional. It’s not a random act of kindness.
Mercy is love, kindness, and compassion. The most important one here is love, because we can’t show mercy without it!
Mercy is showing kindness and compassion to someone where you would normally be in a position to punish, harm or give consequences.
Why is this important?
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV
God showed mercy to us when He sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for our sins instead of us taking all the weight.
Christ showed us mercy when He sent His Spirit to make home with us to counsel and guide us through everything in this life.
God shows us mercy still, everyday.
And because He’s merciful, we can be too!
We ought to show it to ourselves, our home mates, friends and family, strangers, and those we have a difficult time with.
Everyone needs intentional mercy. We benefit from it. We grow from it. We’re better because of it.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 ESV
Question for You
How can you show mercy today?