Jesus asks us to show love by forgiving and being merciful to others. In this way, we will be like our Heavenly Father, because He also rewards us with His mercy.
Lent Daily Devotional
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. (Luke 6:36-37)
Take the First Step
Mercy is a challenge that requires finding the strength to take the first step. If two people are angry and silent and do not speak, it is the Christian who should be the first to try to find a way to reconcile.
Mercy that brings Good
But Jesus asks that our love and the mercy that comes from it be very logical and bring real good. Not just blindly forgiving everyone for everything.
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To be merciful is to have goodwill. That means having a genuine desire to solve the problem that caused the pain, to forgive, and to reconcile.
We don’t get angry or upset for no reason. Most often it is the result of miscommunication. Many people don’t even realize that they are hurting others by their behavior until someone tells them openly.
That’s why Jesus’ words about mercy mean don’t close the door of your heart to someone who is in the wrong. Even if it is difficult, find the strength to help them to understand their mistake and make amends. In this way, the way to reconciliation will open up.
In this way, the world will be a better place.
How wonderfully the Word of God speaks to us during Lent.
Jesus reiterates that the most important thing is to have good relationships with other people. The world would be a different place if we were compassionate and non-judgmental.
Therefore, during the remaining days of Lent, let us try every day not to speak ill of others and to refrain from evil words. Rather, let us try to find opportunities to say a kind word, to encourage and praise.
And if we happen to get angry, let us not carry that anger in our hearts. Rather, let us try to find ways to reconcile.
Prayer for Today
Lord, my heart is very small, so it cannot hold all the people in it. But your heart is big, and it can hold the people of the whole world. Your heart is loving, tender, and compassionate. So please teach me to love and forgive. When I forgive, my heart becomes like Your heart. I love it!
I want to be a bearer of your love and mercy. Amen.