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Mercy Doesn’t Come Naturally

Proverbs 21:13 teaches us about generosity. We learn from these words that we should comfort and help others. That’s certainly good, but there is more if we look for it.

Read all of Proverbs 21 slowly, and think about it. God is teaching about our broader attitudes toward ourselves and others. Jesus is God’s gift of grace and mercy for us, and he showed grace and mercy toward others when He lived on earth. Combining the teaching of Proverbs with our desire to be more like Jesus, we can learn to show mercy and compassion.  

We sometimes struggle showing mercy to people who have offended us or when we feel we are better than they are. Jesus knows this struggle can lead us to raise ourselves in our own eyes above everything else, even above Him. We can’t allow how we feel about a situation to affect what we do. Instead, we need to focus on Jesus, and decide in advance to do what He would do. Showing mercy toward others is letting Jesus guide our behavior. When we apply His teaching, He blesses us, and we grow closer to doing life His way.

Reflect:

  • What is Jesus saying to you about your attitudes toward other people?
  • What is one way you can become more merciful in your actions?
  • What is your next step on your journey to becoming the person Jesus wants you to be? If you aren’t sure, check out newspring.cc/nextsteps for ideas, tools and resources. 

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