Saturday, June 9th


“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." - Luke 6:36

Lord, if it were not for your mercies that are new every morning my life would be over.  I depend on your mercy to remove my guilt and shame and give me a respectable identity when I stand in front of the mirror, or lay my head on my pillow after another fallible day, or when I bear the accurate criticism of others.  Why do I not always think to extend that same mercy to those around me?  Instead, I am tempted to pick and choose those whom I will forgive.  I am a choosy forgiver and I live among people who are choosy forgivers too.  I have two requests: 1) Give me your supernatural mercy for my lack of mercy and 2) Make me merciful to everyone else I know or meet.  By your grace, I will mentally burn the note cards in my mind that I have on people who have hurt me.  Today starts with a clean record for me and everyone else.  AMEN

What would it be like if we all rushed to find mercy the way people rushed to find gold?

Additional Readings: Matthew 5:48, Matthew 18:21-35, Ephesians 4:31-32, 1 John 1:5-10, 1 John 4:7-21