And, after all the years of virtually relentless pain, from abuse, from loss, from abandonment, from rejection, from hurt, oh, what a tender, humbling, blessing it is to find myself at last free from the bondage of self-pity and to rest in this new place. This new place of mercy tears. Of a heart like my Father’s. And, when I fall short, when I find myself once more back in the flesh, back in that old place, I remember, this is not the way of the Lord. His way is the new way. And I repent, and return, to this new place. This place of mercy.
In this season of celebration of Jesus Christ, in this season of giving, would you consider stepping away from the shopping and the stores, from the cookies and the trees, from the planning and the baking, and turn to the Lord. Would you consider giving the gift of love, of forgiveness, of mercy, as the Lord God almighty through His Son Jesus has given to the world? Would you, too, cry tears of mercy as you pray, as you give, as you love, as you forgive, as you reach out, not to the ones so easy to give to, but to the ones in dire need? The ones who need His mercy? Would you be a vessel for the Lord’s mercy? Would you give this gift?
27“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32“If you love those who love you, what credit is [that]to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is [that]to you? For even sinners do the same. 34“If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is [that]to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same [amount]. 35“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil [men]. 36“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:26-37 NASB)