For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mercy of Christ. As amazing as it is to watch an act of mercy conferred upon another or even ourselves, it is incredibly unsettling to witness the refusal of this wonderful gift of mercy. If you have ever been on the receiving end of mercy, and I would dare say, we all have at some point in our lives, especially if we call ourselves a Christ follower, you know what value there is in the act of mercy. Were it not for Christ's mercy -- we would suffer great loss.
Mercy Held Hostage. Unfortunately, those of us who have been blessed with mercy have a tendency to hold mercy hostage and not set her free to be given to someone else. We all long for and desire that mercy for ourselves but we are at times, beyond hesitant, to extend this same mercy to others. Do we feel the need to correct others all the time? Are we not willing to give others slack when they mess up but rather hold them to a higher standard than we would ever hold for ourselves?
Mercy Set Free. How might the Lord be moving in our hearts this week to extend and show mercy? Perhaps out of love for the Lord we might be called upon to extend mercy to those around us knowing in full that He has extended many mercies to us throughout our journey with Him.
Mercy freely given allows the heart to continue the pursuit of freedom in Christ!