Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
The Lord ties His forgiveness of our sins to our forgiveness of those who harm us. Why?
Since everyone sins (including us), why should He pardon us when we won't pardon others? Also...
We can't be both victims and conquerors. Because when we don't forgive, we're victims, abiding in our victimization.
But when we show mercy, we're conquerors, abiding in our Captain's victory... pushing Satan back with a whopping punch... because the real perp is spiritual.
Maybe past pains are hard to shake. If so...
To get grief to stop, go straight to the Top. Mercy activates God's Power in you. The devil loses the authority that hatred, judgment and grudges invite.
In addition, we serve an If--Then God, where every action brings a consequence. Like whatever we give, we receive, often in gracious multiplication. So consider the meaning of mercy:
Mercy is unwarranted compassion. It's tenderhearted intercession. It's forgiving the unforgivable. It's helping the easily overlooked.* It's entering the fields of media and loving every misdirected star. It's performing on its screens and stages, focusing on people, instead of perks.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Media needs a show of mercy--not just the fans, but also the field. Christians have raged, but that's not God's way, where 'Mercy triumphs over judgment' (James 2:13, NIV). You can't win hungry hearts without food, and mercy is a surprising feast.
Hearts shriveled, hardened or cold as ice begin to grow, soften and ignite. 'Love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8, NIV).
## Proverbs For Performers: Mercy, A Win-Win (Part 45)
* Definition of mercy: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/mercy?s=t
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.