“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luke 6:36 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Merriam-Webster defines mercy as: Compassion shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power OR Compassionate treatment of those in distress. Are we slow to pass judgement on those who offend us? For the most part, social media answers that question with an emphatic NO!!! Do we offer compassion to those who have no way of paying us back? This isn’t just a matter of somewhat overlooking offenses. This is showing kindness when the rest of the world would “go for the jugular.” Are we so caught up in our hurried lives that we don’t see others around us that could use some kindness? Here are some thoughts. Invite and pay for a meal for someone that couldn’t pay you back for no other reason than to get to know them more. When you pass by someone in military/law enforcement/first responder in uniform, thank them for what they do. When you see someone at the gas pump next to you and their windshield is dirty, offer to clean it for them. It doesn’t have to cost us money to show mercy. It may be our time or talents that we share, but show mercy to others. When/If they ask why you would want to do these things, just let them know that you wanted to serve them as Christ does. If you know how it feels to be in their position, let them know that. That one small gesture might just be the only time that day that is full of hope and kindness.
Prayer for today: I pray that we would slow down and pray that God would use you to serve others. Take the time to notice those around you to see if there is a way you can serve them through Christ. I pray that the heart of God would be warmed by our kindness and acknowledgement of others for His sake.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you..