Lord Have Mercy!

When you read this title, you most likely think that the Lord God is being asked to show mercy toward someone deserving  punishment. Instead you are reading a  Southern colloquialism that expresses overwhelming disbelief. It could also mean the person is exclaiming surprise or fear. If you were raised north of the Mason-Dixon Line or west of the Mississippi River,” Lord Have Mercy! “ may never have entered a routine conversation. Mercy is what we desire for ourselves when we offend or do harm to 

another. After all, our INTENSION was not evil, and that is what we use to self judge. It is easy to demand retribution from someone else because we judge them  according to their ACTIONS. There are people who are “others” focused by nature. They tend to be sensitive, gentle and overly compassionate, giving into the needs of others most of the time. A mercy leaning person needs healthy boundaries and a balanced approach to meeting needs of others. On the other side are those who want justice served, to see consequences reaped. By nature they seem insensitive and quick to judge. Jesus said in Matthew 5:7 (from Sermon on the Mount) “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy”. Another quote from Jesus is in Luke 6:36: “Be Merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. These verses should give us the motivation to exhibit mercy to others. We will receive mercy personally, if we show mercy. Because God’s character is merciful, we also should be like him. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can help us show Godly qualities in place of our normal tendencies. Holy Spirit, enable us to be grace giving, compassionate, slow to anger and merciful like our Lord, Jesus.(Psalm 145: 8) We make this request in His Holy and Royal Name. Amen