compassion and mercy

God is famous for his wondrous works.
   The Lord is full of mercy and compassion.

– Psalm 111:4 (CEB)

Which God do you believe in?  The one that will show you wrath for not living right, or the one that is full of mercy and compassion?  The one that sees and judges everything, or the one that loves you no matter what?  The one that makes sure people get what they deserve or the one makes sure they don’t?

I know it’s not that simple, but in my conversations with folks outside the church walls, most of them think church people believe that God judges harshly and is out to get you.  Maybe church folk believe that, but I don’t.  But public perception seems to be that churchy folks are judgemental and believe in a judging wrathful God.  As the church camp song goes, “They’ll know we are Christians by our Judge.” …no, it proclaims, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

I believe in a God that, as the Psalmist says, is “full of mercy and compassion.” I think this is the Jesus we read about in the Gospels and are called to share with the world.

Your challenge today, and mine as well, is to show someone mercy and compassion, just like Jesus.  Not because they deserve it, but because God loves you, is merciful and compassionate to you, and God loves them too. (No matter how annoying they are!)

Prayer:  Lord, as you have shown me mercy and compassion, help me share that same mercy and compassion with others.  Amen.