Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MERCIFUL? Treating people with kindness and forgiveness: not cruel or harsh : having or showing mercy. http://www.merriman-webster.com
Jesus instructed us to be merciful. Even though this was not a part of the Ten Commandments we are to obey. What happens when you don’t obey, you wind up like the children of Israel did wandering through the wilderness for forty years before some of them reached the promise land. Don’t believe me let’s look at some daily life examples:
Almost every time you are running late you get stuck in traffic. “Why does this always happen to me? I’m late. I don’t have time for this!
Almost every time you go shopping at the supermarket you get stuck in the line with a person with plenty of coupons, get a cashier that has to close their register just as you approach them etc. Doesn’t this person realize they should shop at another time when they have all these coupons so they don’t hold up the line? Doesn’t management realize this time of day is prime time for shoppers and people have to go home and make dinner?
You go to gas up your car and there is only one open pump and when you pull up it is un-operational and has a plastic bag hanging over the pump. This gas station makes plenty of money either fix your equipment or have more frequent deliveries of fuel.
You’re looking for a parking space at a mall and you have been going up and down the aisles looking for a while and as soon as you see one you hit the gas and just as you are about to pull into the space someone comes from the other direction and beats you to it. Are you kidding me? Where did they come from? I should go and give them a piece of my mind!
Any of these sound familiar? Of course they do and they happen to some people more than others. Why? GOD has an amazing sense of humor. Until you do as he expects you to he will keep giving you the same trial over and over again until you handle it in the proper fashion. Getting upset and fuming and complaining is only going to bring more of the same. Let’s look at the previous four examples and see if there is another approach to them.
Almost every time you are running late you get stuck in traffic. I need to learn to leave earlier so I’m not running late. I hope everybody is alright. Thank GOD I was not a part of this accident. Well I realize that construction is happening everywhere so since I can’t make it disappear let me just settle in and wait. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
Almost every time you go shopping at the supermarket you get stuck in the line with a person with plenty of coupons, get a cashier that has to close their register just as you approach them etc. It is possible that this person is a single parent and works two jobs and can only shop at this time. They have several coupons because their income has to stretch to cover everything. The cashier is not feeling well and is leaving work early. The cashier has received an emergency call and has to leave work early. The store has made budget cuts and so they are under staffed. At least they are still in existence so I can shop close to home. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You go to gas up your car and there is only one open pump and when you pull up it is un-operational and has a plastic bag hanging over the pump. I have warning lights in my car to let me know when the gas level is getting low. I need to start getting gas when the car is ¼ tank instead of when the fuel light comes on. It is possible the tanker to deliver the gas has been delayed in another state. Who knows maybe traffic, construction, accident????????? The previous person ahead of me just drained the last bit of fuel for this pump and grade of fuel. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You’re looking for a parking space and you have been going up and down the aisles looking for a while and as soon as you see one you hit the gas and just as you are about to pull into the space someone comes from the other direction and beats you to it. The person is an employee of one of the stores and is about to be late for work. The person has a bladder problem and needs to get to a lavatory ASAP. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
You see how you can have a totally different attitude about things and be merciful!
Pope Francis has declared that from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 is the year of mercy.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. – James 2:13
Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; – Colossians 3:12
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. – Colossians 3:13
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. – Ephesians 2:4
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. – Titus 3:5
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. – Micah 7:18
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:14
“The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies.” – Matthew Henry
“I believe in goodness, mercy and charity. I believe in casting bread upon the waters.” – Leonard Nimoy
“God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue.” – William Law
You want to enrich your life…be merciful to family, friends, strangers and all mankind as Jesus commanded and see how your life starts to take flight like an eagle! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Merciful.
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