by Rosie Adle
Mercy is a beautiful thing in the life of Christians. For starters, we sinners need it dreadfully. In every church service and every day, we downright beg for it.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We are urgent, desperate children who can’t help but ask for it more than once. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we are the one left for dead on the side of the road. Our Lord attends to us with great care. He binds us up. We are continually filled and strengthened by God’s lavish love. He makes us alive.
We have this abundance inside of us. God’s mercy is just all over the place in the lives of the baptized. In the familiar words of Psalm 23, our cup runs over.
And what about that overflow? We keep slurping away at the top and it’s still spilling over! There’s so much mercy to be had! We remember the words of Luke 6:36. “Be merciful even as your Father is merciful.” That word, “as” is where we really see it come together. As our Father pours out His mercy upon us, and as our lives are His, we have someone to be, with something to give.
Christ, our neighbor, who came in the flesh and walked these worldly roads with us and for us, gives us the honor and charge of being a neighbor to others. This is a responsibility and a joy. Have you ever met someone whose life was miraculously spared who goes on to serve humanity in extraordinary ways as an act of gratitude? As Christians, that can be all of us, right where we are.
Time after time, Christ puts us back on our feet. This is how we can carry another person who is hurting. As He forgives our trespasses, we forgive those who trespass against us. As every good and perfect gift comes to us from above (James 1:17), we have much to give others right here in our path.
Mercy is pouring out love to others, as God loves us. Our cups run over to others as He fills them so full.
“The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made” (Ps. 145:9).
Deaconess Rosie Adle is an online instructor for the distance deaconess program of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.