27 May 2008

Man of Mercy

From life verse, Micah 6:8: you know what is required of you, to act justly, to love mercy......

The second superhero from God's League of Justice is Man of Mercy. We are required to "love mercy". How do we do this? We are not just to extend mercy to others, but we are to love it. Obviously extending mercy to others is an indication that you love mercy because it is being put into practice. But I think scripture goes a little deeper here.

Loving mercy has to also mean being able to accept merciful acts and being moved by people who extend mercy. Mercy is defined as compassion, kindness or forgiveness shown especially to somebody a person has power or authority over. How are you at accepting and giving forgiveness? Would you be considered a kind or giving person?

Mercy is an emotion that is put into action. Just like jumping for joy, mercy is being so moved with compassion that action naturally follows. Mercy is being touched so deeply by the missionary from Nepal who rescues young girls from being sold into prostitution by their families that you faithfully give of your resources and find yourself unable to speak of it because of the tears welling up in your eyes and closing your throat.........as I witnessed one guy do at church on Sunday.

Mercy is that kid who throws starfish stranded on the beach back into the ocean.

Mercy may well be one of the greatest superhero strengths out there because it has the ability to save lives from starvation, drugs or prostitution. Are you a man of mercy?

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