“May my children always be merciful, just as You are merciful.”
Myself and Others:
“May I and _________ always be merciful, just as you are merciful.”
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
Being female, compassion somewhat comes with the package. Girls are, for the most part, more nurturing and boys. It is amazing to me that I have to teach mercy and compassion to my children.
I am always a bit discouraged when I don’t see Grant running to his brother’s aid when he falls and gets hurt. Especially if Grant is the cause of the injury. And with boys, this is often the case.
“Grant, will you come here and check on your brother? Pat his shoulder. Ask him if he is OK. Show mercy and compassion to those hurting around you.”
I’m not kidding. Those words have come from my mouth.
But, as silly as that sounds, Jesus’ words to us are not much different. “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” He had to teach his disciples the same principle. Mercy isn’t a suggestion – it is a command.
Our first response is not always mercy. Sadly, my flesh likes revenge, grudge and bitterness much better. But Jesus says, “No, no Becky. Love those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for your abusers. Not only do good to those who love you, but do good to the unlovable. Expecting nothing in return.” (Luke 6:27-36)
A tall order for little me. But just another day for the Holy Spirit. With Him, nothing is impossible.