The gift of mercy is a wonderful thing. To pardon a wrong requires a healthy dose of benevolence and compassion. When justice demands punishment, but the heart commands leniency, it exacts a price on the human spirit. Showing mercy is no easy task. It leaves us feeling torn and weak. Every act of grace increases strength. True enlightenment takes place by giving away that which makes us feel powerful. Now, the power of the gift of mercy is realized.
Have you ever been the recipient of mercy? The Bible reminds us, “that God gives us new mercies every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). No matter what wrongs we may have committed on yesterday, today is a “new day” in the eyes of our Savior. We cannot escape this life without making some mistakes along the way. It is impossible to live in this world and not offend…to just blow it! As long as human interactions are a part of the equation; eventually, somebody will rub the other the wrong way. The prescription for perfect behavior requires complete human avoidance. Impossible! Now, the power of the gift of mercy is realized.
When faced with the decision to give or withhold mercy, operating from a heart of generosity allows the blessings to flow for the giver and the receiver. It may not come easy, at first. But, keep trying. Operating in the gift of mercy takes practice. Remember: God showed mercy towards us, even when we did not deserve it. He looked upon us as a “father who pities his own son” and “He remembered our frame that we were made from dust” (Psalm 103:13-14). This dusty frame comes with the potential for missteps, mishaps, and a host of mistakes. It is best to charge the mistake of a person to their head and not to their heart. Now, the power of the gift of mercy is realized.
Learn to view the world through eyes of compassion. The lens of the soul must continually refocus until good filters through. Take on the battle of fighting to see the good in the world…in the people of this world. It still exists. Look around for opportunities to show kindness and mercy. Extend empathy and mercy to those who may not be deserving of it. Thoughtfully, consider the gift of mercy bestowed upon you by our Heavenly Father. Did you deserve it? No! Pray for God to make your heart sensitive to the needs of others. Only then can the soul and the spirit align as grace shines through. Now, the power of the gift of mercy is realized.
Thank you, Lord for your mercy towards us all. Amen!
Written by Laura Alexander