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Have Mercy and Forgive

February 25, 2013

“When God was merciful to us, we learned to be merciful with our brethren. When we received forgiveness instead of judgment, we, too, were made ready to forgive our brethren.”[1]

We have received mercy when no mercy was deserved. Have we shown mercy? We received forgiveness when none was deserved. Have we given forgiveness? These are difficult questions. If we are honest with ourselves, we will find ourselves guilty of being merciless and less than forgiving. We hold grudges and anger against others. Have some mercy and forgive. These two gifts are available to each of us without charge. Why do we withhold them from others?

This week, let’s judge less. Instead, show more mercy and forgiveness.

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Life Together. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1954. 24-25

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