My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The One Who Showed Mercy
And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
(Luke 10:37 NASB)
This is the final portion of the story of the Good Samaritan. We
have all read and/or heard that story numerous times and we know that we
are admonished to do good to those who are in need. However, there is
more here than just doing good, but showing mercy -- and we are called
to do the same.
What all does showing mercy entail? There are several texts which
give us a clue. For example Luke 6:36 says, "Be merciful, just as your
Father is merciful." In other words, this is a part of God's nature --
to be merciful and we are to clothe ourselves in his very nature and
respond to our world in the same way that he would respond. The word
merciful may also mean showing compassion, forgiveness, sympathy,
understanding, leniency and benevolence. This is what God would want us
to show to a needy and hurting world!
Interestingly in Matthew 5:48 we find this construct of the parallel
found in Luke 6:36. "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is
perfect." How is it that showing mercy is equivalent to being perfect?
Could it be that we are to be perfect in the sense that we are to allow
God to bring to completion his work within us -- to make us all that we
were created to be, and when that happens we are merciful? How counter
cultural is that? In a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog world, God is calling
his people to be conformed to his image - to become more and more like
him, and that means that we stop, slow down and show mercy to those
We are told to love our neighbor. How do we love our neighbors? By showing mercy. It's that simple.
Lord, please help me to show mercy to those around me today. Amen.