Are you loving with people? Are you merciful with them? You need to be, friend. And so must I. We are called by Christ to be loving and merciful. As He is. Regardless of the words, actions, attitudes, and behaviors of others. Our love and mercy are not to be contingent on others. They are to be contingent on the Lord Jesus Christ!
One morning I pulled three index cards out of a stack of them upon which I had written Bible verses. They were in no particular order. I pulled them out of random parts of the pile. They were all about love and mercy. Just what I needed. I had greatly lacked love and mercy with one of my handicapped ministry dogs whose needs are so extreme and whose behavior for several days had been terrible and taken a great toll on my work and peace of mind.
Over the years, many a time I have lacked love and mercy not just with the rescued dogs in my care but also very much so with people. The Lord has not only forgiven me every time I have repented. But He has lovingly and mercifully not given up on me and patiently continued to help me to learn to be loving and merciful as He is.
The ultimate goal is to be loving and merciful ALL THE TIME – WITH ALL. The Lord in His love for and mercy with us is the one who will train, transform, and equip us to be able to aim in this direction!
More and more so, by His grace alone and for His glory, I am. I am growing. I am a work in progress. I am in His loving and merciful hands as He perfects His ways in me. As He makes me more and more like Himself. Conformed to Him. To loving and merciful God. He is doing the work in me. He is doing the work through me. HE is doing it, yes, as I humble myself and yield to Him!
Please read the three verses below I found that day. And please place yourself in the hands of the Lord as He teaches you also to be loving and merciful and to do all that is right in His sight day by day and forevermore. All for the glory of Christ, AMEN!
“Therefore be merciful as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:37
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor. 16:13-14
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13