December 22, Getting and Giving Mercy
Today’s reading: Psalms 106-110
“Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress”
- Psalm 107:17-19.
There are times when you mess up, and then reap the consequences of your actions financially, relationally, professionally, or spiritually. Those consequences can be serious, but the Lord is merciful and will listen to your cries for help, if you are not proud and choose to humble yourself to ask for forgiveness and assistance. You don’t deserve His help, but that’s where mercy comes in, for mercy is not getting what you deserve (and grace is getting what you don’t deserve). Once you have received mercy, the best thing to do is to extend that same mercy to someone else, as Jesus made clear in His parable on forgiveness:
Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart (Matthew 18:32-35).
Do you need to humble yourself and ask for God’s mercy for something you have done? Do you need to extend mercy to someone and forgive them for what they have done to you?