He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).
But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless (Matthew 12:7).
A while back, I came to the conclusion that I would rather err on the side of mercy when relating to others. I’m not talking about being soft on sin. But I am talking about walking graciously toward others who may not be at the same place in their walk with the Lord as you or I may be. And, if a brother or sister is caught in sin, learning how to “restore such a one in the spirit of meekness” (Gal. 6:1).
When I look at others who are covered with the scars of bad decisions they have made, I do not lose sight of the fact that there but for the grace of God go I. God has spared me from a lot in life but that is a testimony to His goodness, not mine.
Luke 6:36 tells us:
Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Matthew 5:7 says:
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
I have received so much mercy in my life. How could I be so heartless as to not show mercy in return?
Dictionary.com defines “mercy” as:
Excellent posts as this really help balance this site. James 3 lists being merciful as a trait that accompanies true biblical wisdom opposed to demonic or sensual wisdom that zealous railers often exhibit. Matthew Henry’s commentary on the second half of the chapter (v13+) is probably the weightiest I have read and every zealous defender/contender would do well to examine themselves under the light of it.
In Christ -Jim
James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
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