Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Daily Devotion: Mercy vs. Unmercifulness

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:7 and James 2:10-13

Key Verse:  Verse 13 - "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment."

Key Words:  that hath shewed no mercy

When we face cruelty, injustice, injury and wrong, we should remember the words of Jesus, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

Let's face reality, people are not fair; and if we treat each act of unfairness with justice, this world will be a cruel place.  Thus we apply the words of Jesus, "Blessed are the merciful."

Religion says get even, Christianity says show mercy.

From the land in which our Lord walked comes a story of mercy and forgiveness.  In November of 1989, Sergeant Zeev Traum was patrolling the beachfront road south of Gaza City.  He and another Israeli soldier were ambushed in their jeep by Palestinian gunmen.  The 40-year-old's death brought a unique dilemma for his widow.  She could simply bury her husband, or donate his heart to an ailing Palestinian.  Bittersweet revenge could be found if she denied the request and let one of them die, since they killed her husband.  Instead, she opted to forgive.  So outside the city walls where Jesus Christ replaced our heart with His, 50-year-old Hanna Khader, who had waited four months for a heart, received new life from his political enemy.

The law cries out for justice; Christianity cries out for forgiveness.

What to do:
✞ Evaluate what you cry out for when you "think" you've been wronged.

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