The greatest tool in the survival of humankind is mercy. With enough mercy, fear is stripped off effortlessly. Instead of walking around with anger on our hearts and in our mouths, we strive for peace. So how indeed do we have mercy for others, when it’s painfully obvious that the world tells us that we must live “in first place”? The popular opinion is that we are not to let anyone get the better of us in any way. Well, if that’s the case, we are obviously not considering the neighborly nature in which our world was framed. It seems to me that God intended for us to rely on one another.
Romans 12:10 NLT Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. To me that means, that we should all treat others with the best of what we have to offer, in spirit and mind.
He did this knowing that we indeed are limited by our own ability. He gave us each other, so that we might learn through his example to work together. The big question is: How can we even attempt to serve God the father and Christ the Son if we can’t even serve one another? Serving one another is a difficult feat. In part, because of our personal pride, we feel “less than” when we are called to perform tasks for the benefit of others. Of course, the Bible says:
Matthew 23:11-12 NLT But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Whether you understand it are not, you will serve another person, who will in turn serve you. So the idea, is to gradually become the best servant you can be, considering yourself a small part of an even bigger grander puzzle. Furthermore, if you place too much pride in yourself, eventually you will be brought down to the ground.
But how do we get to the real mercy we need to have in our to be that better servant.
The first and most important obstacle is words. For I’ve learned that words that come from your mouth, can heal or hurt the progress of even the most diligent worker.
Proverbs 15:1 NLT A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
Of course, a worker is only as strong as his environment. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33 NASB
It seems that if we live in a house with people constantly fighting, it’s terribly easy to be a product of this type of seed, in which there is always confusion around.What mercy is there in quarreling?
Proverbs 17:13-14 NLT
If you repay good with evil,evil will never leave your house.Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
The final thoughts I’ll leave come from the book of James. These verses are great ways to help us evaluate our pattern of action more clearly, and get closer to mercy.
James 1:19-20 NASB
But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
And finally, stop complaining. The best you can do, is work without putting yourself or anyone else down.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky – Philippians 2:14-15 NIV