Somewhere I read this quote: “Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and kindness and humility and mercy. We don’t believe in the good old words because we don’t believe in good old values. And that’s why the world is sick.”  Maybe a bit hyperbolic but still there is truth in it. Mercy is a powerful connection protector, preserving love when relationships otherwise may be damaged. Mercy says there is wisdom in just losing count. So what keeps us from embodying mercy? It’s an unhealthy attitude toward others.  Pride, a critical and judging spirit, selfishness, or a lack of forgiveness all keep us from being merciful. Someone once said, “Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are ugly to you. Remember you show mercy to others not because of who they are but because it is who you are.”  Mercy is a personal statement you make to others about yourself and has little to do with the recipients and everything to do with the one who grants it. Showing mercy means refraining from giving someone what they have coming to them; it means being kind beyond what fairness may demand. So the challenge is – to every day show some mercy.  Make it a regular part of your daily life.  Let it become a trait in your life.  As you cultivate a more merciful spirit it helps you see people as God sees them.  As you cultivate a more merciful spirit you declare everyone is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” As you cultivate a more merciful spirit you affirm God is present in their lives just as God is present in ours.  So remember, be patient with people’s quirks. Help someone around you who is hurting whether they deserve it or not. Give folks a second chance. God’s says they’re worth it. Give them what they need, not what they deserve. Value relationships over rules. Let mercy become more visible in our daily living.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Reflection Questions:
How are you cultivating a more merciful spirit?
How can you make mercy more visible in your daily living?
With whom do you to need to be more patience?

Prayer: Holy God, today let me walk in mercy and do for others what may lead them to you. Attach me to your foundation and let me bear much fruit. Amen.