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Proverbs Day 23
Posted on January 26th, 2013

Mercy


Proverbs 24:11  Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12     If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?

Prov 24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.

Prov 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will heap burning coals on his head,
And the LORD will reward you.

Prov 29:7 The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such concern.

Proverbs 19:17  Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, 
and he will repay him for his deed. 

A sense of justice and mercy are such a part of our society. When we are wronged we look for a way to make it right. There are times when people go beyond justice and reach the point of vengeance just to appease their need to “make it right.” The idea of justice against someone that has wronged us comes from the premise that we ourselves are innocent. But that premise is a false one. We were never innocent. We are just counted as innocent through the blood of Jesus. Outside of that, we are guilty.

Instead of trying to “make it right,” remember that someone made it right for you when you sinned against Him. However, He didn’t use judgment. He used mercy. Not only can judgment make it right, but mercy can make it alright as well. Through forgiveness, we can be merciful.

Not only that, but sometimes we know we are deserving of judgment. Because of self condemnation we feel that is all we are to expect. We can’t seem to bring ourselves to the point that we are capable of receiving mercy. This is the weird thing about humanity. At times we can feel that we should see judgment against those that hurt us. Still other times we feel that we have done things so wrong that we are only worthy of judgment ourselves. 

What helps in both cases is an attitude of mercy to the deserving and the not so deserving. When we are able to withhold judgment and vengeance and show mercy, we will remember that we are able to receive mercy as well. Many times the most judgmental person cannot understand why they receive mercy because it never crosses their minds with others. Their inability to forgive others may very well stem from their inability to forgive themselves. Their inability to show love may stem from their inability to receive love from their Heavenly Father. Through His love, the merciful who have obtained His mercy will escape His judgment.

The bible says:

“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.  (Luke 6:36)”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7)“

There are times we don’t have mercy on those who have done nothing to us. Perhaps they’ve made a bad decision in life in which (at least in our view) they are deserving of “the worst” happening to them. The proverb is saying to hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. It goes on to say (I’m paraphrasing) “Don’t pretend that you didn’t know they were in harm’s way when you sat there and did nothing. God will know.”

We are to show this mercy in many ways in many different circumstances. Our friends, enemies, poor, rich, whoever. 


Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with mercy, justice, character


3 Comments

Sherri - January 27th, 2013 at 7:43 AM
Wow, that was thought provoking!
From the Pastor's Desk - January 27th, 2013 at 8:04 AM
It is something to think about
Sis. Mae - July 23rd, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Song:
I'm delivered! Praise the Lord! (x2)
I was bound by the hand of satan.
I'm delivered! Praise the Lord!

Testimony:
The Lord has delivered me from a continual onslaught of noise, negativity, condemnation and accusation of the adversary.
The accuser of our brethren is cast down! (Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 10:3-6)
God has relieved me from self-oppression and hyper-judgmentalism with the help of Bishop Wright's phrase, "With the help and grace of God, I forgive myself for..."
I have kicked the devil and myself off the judgement seat and invited Jesus to not only rule and reign on the throne of my heart, but also, I've given Him the gavel.
His judgment is just (John 5:30; 8:15-16).

...and mercy rejoiceth against judgment (James 2:13).

COMPLETE: Prov. 23:__; Withhold not correction from the child:...
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