Monday, February 13, 2017

Mercy is More than Hitting the Like Button

James, half-brother of Jesus, is blunt in a way that cuts to my very core. They've done that again today.

"For judgment will be merciless to the one who has shown no mercy, for mercy triumphs over judgment." James 2:13 nasb

Mercy is not merely goodwill toward those who have need, but also a desire to do something about their need. Mercy is being moved about starving children in Africa AND doing something about their hunger. It's looking at a difficult situation and saying, "What can I do about this?" Mercy doesn't stop at asking. Mercy does something to help.

One touching story after another makes its way into our social media feed. I'm great at "liking" the posts, but mercy is not hitting the "heart"/love button. Mercy is action that makes a difference.  Making a donation. Offering food or shelter to those in need. Volunteering in a soup kitchen. 

Mercy is helping in a tangible way.

That's what God did for us. He saw our sin need and, in mercy, decided to do something about it. It's the reason Jesus came. For mercy and grace. He didn't give us what we deserved. Instead, He gave us what we most needed: salvation from our sin.

Our job, then, is to exhibit the same kind of mercy Jesus did. He saw our need, knew we might not want what He offered, but He gave Himself anyway. His mercy triumphed over the judgment due us.

According to James, mercy is not optional. 

Today, let's act a little more like Jesus. Let's look for a need and meet it. No whining. No patting ourselves on the back. Just do it.

"My food," Jesus said, "Is to do the will of Him who sent me..." John4:34 niv

In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: Why Do We Stay?

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