Mercy for Mercy
by Teresa A. LeNeave
I sometimes wonder what God thinks when he hears Christians talking bad about each other, trying to hurt and destroy another person. We can expect the world to not care what they say, but when Christians maliciously go around trying to hurt other Christians and even telling things that are untrue, according to the Bible, God will avenge the one being talked about.
God is aa God of mercy, and says to us, "(You)be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another even as God, FOR CHRIST' SAKE, has forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32). It's not because we are good, or that we deserve it, that we are forgiven. We are forgiven for Christ' sake; because of the high price he paid for our forgiveness. God is very explicit when He says He shows mercy to those who, themselves, show mercy.
If there is anyone who doesn't need God's mercy, then I guess they are free to judge; free to say all the hurtful things they want to about other people. On the other hand, if we need mercy, we better think before we go around talking about each other.
Galatians 5:14, 15 says "For all the Law is fulfilled in ONE word: Love thy neighbor as thyself, but if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another."
In other words, be very careful what you say so that you don't hurt and destroy each other. We are responsible for our own tongue. It's our choice to make the right choice.
"Love," the Bible says, "covers a multitude of sins". Love is not denying mistakes, but it's also NOT ENHANCING things and making them look worse than they are. It's not having a heart bent on causing another person pain. How can we say we love and at the same time try to hurt through things we do and say? Isn't that a double standard?
1 Peter 4:8 "And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins". The truth is we are all different. We have different ideas; different opinions; different ways to do things. We all do things that another may not approve of, but may God help us to not intentionally hurt and destroy another person. Destroying is the work of Satan, not the work of a Christian. The Bible says, "Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy" (John 10:10). Let us pray for God's grace and show mercy when mercy is needed.