A dear friend of mine once reminded me that mercy and gentleness can be produced in my life as a result of the pain caused by other people. So many times I want to react in a retaliatory way! I forget that reacting in kind is not going to help ANYONE. The Bible teaches that when we show no mercy, we receive none; but that mercy rejoices against judgment! The Bible says: “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” (James 2:13) Wow!!! How beautiful.

Jesus said:

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)  

Mercy rejoices against judgment; that is, because of Jesus, God’s mercy trumps the judgment I deserve. Thus, I have no business playing the tit-for-tat game with others, especially those I love. Judgment rests with God, who will eventually set the record straight. My job is to love with childlike abandon, because Jesus has freed me to do so! This childlike love should occupy a larger part of my life.  

Why does a baby’s smile captivate people? It’s because of his sweetness and innocence, borne of a heart not yet full of guile! I want to encourage myself and others to have that childlike spirit. Our experience with pain can mold us to be wise and recognize when to be careful; yet, to maintain a transparent spirit of mercy and gentleness. Wow! We can greet pain with mercy instead of judgment, because Jesus does this for us. Such a cause for rejoicing and breaking free of the bonds of hate and bitterness! In the end, love wins—so today, we can live as transparently as a baby’s smile and, despite our pain, we can bring unexpected love and joy into someone else’s life. 

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