Collins Dictionary explains mercy as follows, "if someone in authority shows mercy, they choose not to harm someone they have power over, or they forgive someone they have the right to punish." God had every right to punish humankind because they disobeyed him. But he showed us mercy, not only forgiving us, but adopting us into his family.
Imagine a criminal who was serving time in prison for his crimes, then the king asked his son to serve the rest of the sentence so that the criminal could be set free. And more than that, he adopted the criminal as his son and had him live in his palace. That's a bit like what God did for us. That's mercy.
God has been merciful to us and he expects us to show mercy to others. If we show love and compassion towards people who deserve it, that's not mercy. Mercy is showing love and compassion towards those who don't deserve it. Matthew 5:46 says, If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends. Tax collectors were notoriously despised because they collected extra taxes for themselves. Verse 4 says, love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.
Who can you show mercy to this week? What will that look like?
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