Showing Mercy

For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in (Matt.25.35).

The interpretation of spirituality from Jesus’ perspective, is not measured by preaching, prayers or fasting but by the ability to show up for people when they are in need. Mercy is an integral part of faith. “It is a blessing that is an act of divine compassion. When it comes to showing mercy, every act of mercy is a seed that births fruits of righteousness. The believer received mercy and shows same to the undeserving, as a token of appreciation for all he has received through Christ.

To profess spirituality and not walk in mercy is to deny the very same virtue you profess, for every receiver of mercy is indebted to show same to others. The common human experience is to see reasons why some people are unlovable. The assumption is that we are better off than others. That may be true because we have not asked your critics. Mercy like lubricant, oils the wheel of brotherhood and fellowship. It eliminates the bitterness of vengeance, to sow the seed of kindness.

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy (Matt.5.7).

A common error I found, is the drive to obey the scripture from a transactional mindset. For instance, “I will show mercy so that I can receive mercy.” Every believer in Christ is indebted to show the same love he has received from Christ to others. It is first a command then a promise with blessings. Shalom!

© Olusola John.