September 5 – Mercy: Blessed to Receive, Blessed to Give

Mercy. What are some good mercy words?  How about: compassion, kindness, forgiveness, sympathy, and empathy.  We all want mercy, but do we really want to give it when others are in need of it? In God’s economy, we are blessed to receive mercy when we are filled with mercy to the point it is flowing from us to others. Interesting!  “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” 

God’s Story tells us we are more blessed to give than to receive, and here the blessing seems to work both ways.  When we give mercy it opens us up so we can receive even more!  God is the best at giving mercy – undeserved goodness.  When we think about all He has given, all that He has forgiven, and we allow gratitude, instead of guilt, to well up within us, we are at a good starting point for being able to give mercy.

Treating others the way we would like to be treated really can work for the good of everyone, especially where mercy is concerned.  We need to take compassion and put it to action!  Sending a heart-felt sympathy card makes sense, but what about extending kindness in traffic, offering forgiveness instead of letting a grudge grow, and listening from the other person’s point of view? We are blessed when we care.

P.S. I Thank God for mercy during the fall 2015 retreat in Virginia with dear ladies from Antioch. Even with a three-day headache, God gave me clarity to teach and great joy by reconnecting with friends. I found myself very cared for during those rainy days away from home.

Matthew 5:7 MSG