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Mercy Wins

Mercy Wins

18 July 2009

Scripture:

For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God’s mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you. (James 2:13 NLT)

This is another way of stating Jesus’ message, “You will reap what you sow.” The principle is consistent in the Bible in Old Testament Proverbs, in stories about people, and in principles taught by Jesus and written in letters to the churches – every word we speak and every action we do is like seed sown for a future harvest.

I need deep and lasting relationships with others, so I sow seeds of friendship. I am dependent on God’s provision for my material needs so I sow seeds of generosity. I want to be accepted by others, so I sow seeds of acceptance. I desperately need God’s patience with me, so I learn to be patient with others.

I need God’s mercy. I need the mercy of others. I mess up often enough and seriously enough that without mercy, I’m done! So I ask God to fill me with his compassion and his mercy and I resolve to let that mercy splash over on those around me.

Prayer:

Father, in my on-going need for your mercy and grace, help me to be wise enough to sow the seeds of mercy in my words and deeds toward others. In my need for acceptance and belonging, let me be an inviter, a befriender, and an acceptor. In my need for your forgiveness, remind me how foolish it is to hold things against those who wrong me. In my need for your mercy, may I be most generously merciful to others. Mercy wins.  Amen.

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