Why is it that some people are so compassionate towards others and forgive easily and others are slow to forgive? I wish I could say that I am great at being merciful towards others as my husband is. He forgives and forgets in an instant and I would love to be more that way. Lord Jesus, please help me to be more merciful.
What does it mean to be merciful? An online dictionary defines mercy as “compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Usually people describe mercy as not getting what we deserve and grace as getting what we do not deserve. Who is at the center of both? Jesus, our wonderful Savior and Lord. Jesus died for our sins so that we could live eternally with Him, something that we could never do on our own.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,Titus 3:5.
Our Savior, Jesus, endured the sins of the world on the cross, because He didn’t want us to pay the penalty for our sin which would be eternal separation from Him. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and felt the anguish of our sin, so that we could be clean and spotless through His gift on the cross. What an amazing gift of mercy!
There’s something truly humbling about realizing that there is nothing you can do to earn salvation. There’s nothing I can do to attain it; it’s all a gift from Jesus. I can’t be good enough, or do enough things. His great mercy made it possible for you and me.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3.
So how can I respond to this amazing gift? First, I can accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation, knowing it is all a gift from Him.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You. Psalm 86:5.
My Savior died for all my sins, past, present, and future. I can know that when I call to Him, He will be faithful to answer and forgive me.
The second thing I need to do is to show mercy to others.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
Because we have experienced God’s mercy, through Christ, we can show it to others.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners’ do that. Luke 6:32-33. (NIV)
To show Christ to the world, we can show others His mercy and point them to Jesus.
Lord Jesus, our world desperately needs to see more of You. Please help me and other believers to remember the great mercy you showed us at the cross. Please help us to willingly show Your mercy to others so we can point them to You.
About the Writer:
Alana Arias faithfully serves at her church home, First Baptist Dallas, where she enjoys using her talents and gifts to help others grow in Christ. She taught elementary music in public schools for nineteen years. She is married to Mike, and they have a cute mini golden doodle puppy named Bentley.