We live in a “what’s in it for me?” society. We are very quick to receive goodness and gifts from God. At the same time, we are slow to give the same to others. What makes us think that we corner the market on any specific gift from God, like mercy? We welcome God’s mercy on our own souls, but we fail to give mercy to others. Mercy and forgiveness go hand in hand. We must express mercy to forgive others, as we receive God’s mercy to forgive our own sins. Jesus taught us how to give mercy and forgive sins when He taught us the Our Father:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive others who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Based upon what is stated in the Our Father, mercy and forgiveness will be granted to us to the extent that we grant it to others! Think on that for a moment. Jesus reiterated His point in another way when He encouraged us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and visit those who are ill or in prison:
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me (Matt 25:40).
Every time we find it in our hearts to forgive, we give mercy to others. When we give aid to those in need, we give mercy. This is what Jesus calls us to do. So, where in your life, today, do you see an opportunity to give mercy to another person? If you want top receive mercy, then begin granting mercy to others, today! For you do not know the day, or the hour, when you will need to give an account to Our Lord for your life.
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