Lord Have Mercy

I have on more than one occasion said, "I don't understand how I get out of bed in the morning and not hurt myself." It is a sarcastic comment designed to lead to this thought.  Without Jesus, I would get out of bed in the morning and injure myself.

Humanity is so desperate to understand and solve everything.  But this same humanity says that everything isn't understandable or solvable.  We throw ourselves into a way of thinking that is flawed and unfilling.  But humanity insists on elevating itself to the level of a god.  As it turns out, we need mercy

One writer defines mercy as a love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way.  And that at its core, mercy is forgiveness.  http://theconversation.com/what-is-the-true-meaning-of-mercy-72461

We need God to respond to our needs every day.  We need His mercy to forgive us of our sins.  We need Him to keep His promises to us.  Without mercy, what hope would we have?  None.

Now someone might ask, "Why would God have mercy on a sorry lot like us?" Because He loves us.  No, I cannot explain it entirely either.  But I do know that it is true.  God loves me, and He loves you too.

But let's take it a step farther.  We will show mercy to others when we choose to love them first.  Sure there are plenty of reasons why we shouldn't love people.  But if we want to be loved, then we need to love others.  If we're going to be shown mercy, then we should show mercy to others.

As Jesus said, Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." (NLT)

PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to love others and show them mercy too.  AMEN