MY ARM AROUND YOUR SHOULDER
It is easy to show mercy to someone who is good to you, but how about showing mercy to someone, as they say in England, who has just “done your head in.”
In the gospel of Matthew we are told if you want mercy from God, you have to show mercy.
Matt.5:7 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
The word “mercy” means leniency and compassion shown towards offenders by a person charged with administering justice.
Mercy is a “must” to do in your marriage.
What is the difference between love and mercy?
First, love is like a friend that visits you whether you are sick or well.
Second, mercy is like a doctor that visits you only when you are sick.
Mercy gives its help when there is a need.
In Genesis, God sent angels to pull Lot out of Sodom and Gomorrah before he destroyed it by fire.
God’s word says that he was being merciful to Lot to take him out of that immoral city before destruction was sent.
I am sure that Lot was asking God, “Why me, Lord?” “Why did you save me?”
Spouses, none of us deserves to be where we are today.
Psa.117:2 “For his merciful kindness is great toward us…”
Has God been merciful and kind to you?
Has God been slow to anger about your sins and failures?
Are you merciful toward your spouse when they sin?
How do you treat them when they have failed?
Are you a kind, merciful Christian to your spouse?
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” Luke 6:36
Psa. 117:2 “For his merciful kindness is great toward us…”
Do you have family members that you have prayed for their salvation.
Why should God send new converts to you when you cannot show mercy, kindness or grace to the ones that are in your midst now.
First pray for your lack of kindness and mercy towards your spouse.
Do you think that as long as you do not drink, smoke, fornicate or commit adultery that means that you are pure?
“The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” Jas.3:17
Are you partial and only show mercy to your spouse when they show mercy to you?
Don’t you hate to be around someone that you know is going to chop you up?
Then why do you do that to your spouse?
How many times has God dug you out of something that could have totally destroyed you?
You can show mercy to your spouse by putting your arm around them, a smile, or a touch.
Maybe you think lecturing them or thrashing them will do good.
If you bask in the comfort thought that God has been merciful to you, you will have an abundance of mercy for your spouse.
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