Our actions and words reflect what we spend time with and hone in on. Understanding the importance of God’s mercy allows us to take mercy in and apply it to our daily interactions. There are a few key things to remember when thinking about mercy and how it can be used to reinforce personal beliefs and behaviors.
First, we look at the life of Jesus and see how he took the disciples throughout the land preaching and aiding those in need. From healing lepers to feeding thousands, Jesus’ mercy and love was shown to everyone, regardless of status. Dying on the cross and forgiving the sins of all is His ultimate show of mercy. That is precisely how we should view mercy within our own lives. But do we allow this mercy to expand our hearts? Do we allow it to change how we give of ourselves for others? In light of this mercy, we should respond with gratitude for the blessings we have. Perhaps most importantly, we should share the joy of knowing Christ’s mercy with others.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:16
Mercy is a bridge that animates other areas of our lives, leading us to love and forgiveness. It helps us move from a closed mindset to one of empathy in decision making. Asking the simple questions, “What would Jesus do?” or “What’s the best way to bring God’s light to this situation?” will do wonders to the way you respond to things. When we become intentional with our actions and words, over time we build habits of responding in love and mercy. I feel this verse sums up that philosophy well:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship."
- Romans 12:1