Mercy is love in action and it’s very tough to do so that’s why you need some very powerful motivators to become a merciful person.
One day some religious hypocrites brought a lady caught in the act of adultery to JESUS where HE was teaching and threw her down in front of HIM.
They said, “JESUS, this lady was caught in the act of adultery. And YOU know what the law says – if you’re caught doing adultery, you get stoned to death!” JESUS said, “You're right. That’s the law. The first one of you who has never broken the law gets to throw the first stone.” And they all silently started walking away.
Another time JESUS said, “You’re so concerned by the problems in that other person’s life, before you get the speck of sawdust out of your neighbor’s eyes, why don’t you get the telephone pole out of your own eye?” No contest.
GOD has been merciful to me so I need to be merciful to other people. We tend to judge other people by their worse faults and we tend to judge ourselves by our best intentions.
Don’t find fault with the man
Who limps or stumbles along the road,
Unless you’ve worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today
Unless you’ve felt the blow
That caused his shame or felt the shame
That only the fallen know
You may be strong but still the blows
That were his if dealt to you
In the same self way and the same self time
Might cause you to stagger too.
Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
Or pelts you with words or stones.
Unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
That you have not sins of your own
For you, perhaps, that if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It would cause you to falter too
Be merciful. Why? Because GOD has shown me mercy.
Just a thought from the front porch...