Show Mercy

Jesus was always showing mercy. He would show mercy to the crowds of people who followed him as in the case of feeding the 5,000 people with a boy’s lunch of bread and fish. Jesus was also merciful to the individual who sought him, as in the case of the woman with the issue of blood, or the girl who died and Jesus raised her from the dead, or the paralyzed man whose friends brought him to Jesus by lowering him in from the ceiling and Jesus healed him.

In Luke 10, the man came to Jesus to ask him how to gain eternal life and Jesus summarized is as “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your being, with all of your strength, and with all of your mind and your neighbor as yourself. The man did all of those things but seemed to still have a void in his soul. So Jesus tells him the story of the Good Samaritan who helped a man who was beaten by robbers and left for dead. Three people encountered the man, and Jesus asks the man who was the neighbor to the victim and he said the one who showed mercy.

We can “do” a lot of things but if we don’t show mercy with our actions we have defeated God’s purpose for us. Today show mercy.

Author: Karen Epp

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