Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 45)
Mercy: A Win-Win
The merciful man does good for his own soul,
But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
Proverbs 11:17 (NKJV)
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:7 (NKJV)
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 still hate? 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, knocking Satan back with a whopping punch. Because the real perp is spiritual, and all physical thugs are just minions. To get grief to stop, go straight to the Top. Mercy activates God's Power in you. The devil loses the authority that hatred, grudges and judgment 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). You can't win hungry hearts without food, and mercy is a surprising feast.
When you extend this nourishment, this unexpected benevolence, miraculous reactions follow. Hearts shriveled, hardened or cold as ice begin to grow, soften and ignite. 'Love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8).
To Be Continued...
* Definition of mercy: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/mercy?s=t
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.