My heart is stirred today in much emotion – a heavy heart over events and situations that have lately affected my life and made it difficult to press on. A difficult season of life – with many things out of my control – leaving deep sadness, remorse – and resignation.
Our pastor, Stephen Collins, spoke on the subject of ‘Mercy’ today. And although it is a subject that is not new to me – or any people of faith – I believe I heard newness in this simple message today – things that I will continue to ponder in the coming weeks. I found myself very emotional. This is a subject that is close to my heart and life. And so with tears streaming down my face – I sat there and took it all in – and allowed the Lord to minister sweet words of comfort and blessing. I was touched and moved beyond words.
I’ve noticed something about people who are merciful. – they are the first ones to forgive, love, embrace and welcome back, those who are lost or fallen away. They have no trouble accepting forgiveness or giving it. They do not accuse and blame. They have tender hearts – and they understand the value of mercy – because God has shown mercy to them. They are also the happiest and most positive people in the world – with many friends. Their friends trust them – and turn to them when they are in trouble – with no fear of judgment of alienation. These are people who have been forgiven.
We’ve been watching ‘A Christmas Carol’ – I was noting how Scrooge shows no mercy at the beginning of the story – and then after being shown his life by the ‘spirits’ – he begins to see others and himself in a new light. The Scrooge story is a story of mercy. A story of second chances and a new lease on life – a valuable reminder to all of us to remember that when you show mercy to others – others will be merciful. And it is interesting to note – that the nephew and employee of Scrooge have merciful hearts and embrace him without question – at the beginning of the story – when he is NOT merciful – and later as he is transformed at the end of the story. No questions – no judgment – no criteria. Just open arms of love and mercy.
I want to be one that shows mercy – even when I feel as though others have judged me and not understood me – or shown mercy to me. I want to be the first to say, ‘I understand, I forgive, I love’. And leave it at that. No questions asked. No hesitation. No disbelief. Just love and mercy.
Help me Lord to be that kind of person. Help me to get over myself, my pride, my hurt and pain. Help me to let go of others that have wronged me – those who have no understanding that their words and actions have wounded me more than they will ever know – and help me to forgive them and show mercy. For I am very aware that if I do not show mercy to others who have failed – or not done what I think they should, then you will not show mercy to me. Help me to walk with a pure clean heart – free of agenda – free of revenge. Help me to see others through your eyes. Amen.