Mercy

Daily reading: Luke 10:25-42
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Focus passage: “What do you think?  Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered the thieves?”  Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37

In the parable the man injured and robbed on the side of the road, who is for all intents and purposes dying, is someone we are suppose to relate to.  The way Jesus sets up the parable is in a way where we are to identify ourselves with him.  We know all too well that if we journey down that dangerous road, or go to that shady part of town after dark, that something bad might happen to us, and our fears are realized when they do.  Who then is our neighbor? 

The one who shows us mercy, the neighbor then isn’t identified by who he is but by what he does.  Geographical proximity to the injured man’s home, or being part of the same synagogue, or country club is not the measure for how he has become this man’s neighbor, no it is solely by his actions. 

Have you been the recipient of mercy?

Have you extended mercy to someone else?  What was the result of that gift?

This week, look for ways to show mercy to someone else.


Prayer:  God help me to love you with all of my heart, soul, strength and mind and help me to love my neighbor as I love myself.  Amen.

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