“Showing mercy to one another is why all of us are here.” – Don Stephens
My first few months of marriage have been nothing short of sweet. In fact, my husband and I have been pleasantly surprised at what a smooth and fun transition newlywed life has been.
However, as blessings and burdens often go hand-in-hand, building a new life together and staying on the same page isn’t always easy.
In the midst of miscommunications and disagreements, I’ve been challenged to not only extend mercy– but to accept the mercy that’s given to me.
Let’s be real…it can be hard sometimes to put aside our own selfish agendas, and step in to the perspective and compassion of Christ. And, on the other side of the coin, it can be difficult to fully embrace forgiveness that you don’t necessarily feel you deserve.
However, my husband and I are learning that mercy is one way that we can love and serve one another better– a way in which we can step further into who we were called to be in Christ, and a way in which we can show Christ to one another.
What I love about Don’s daily 1:00, “The Mercy Minute®“, is that it not only highlights the beautiful acts of mercy displayed in various countries through the work of Mercy Ships®, but it’s a call to action to show mercy wherever we go.
Whether it be in our churches, in our jobs, or in our homes, may we step into the mercy given to us through Christ and be quick to extend it to those around us. After all, it wasn’t only Don Stephens that believed in the value and importance of showing mercy…Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
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