Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 14)
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Psalm 103:8 (NKJV)
The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
Psalm 145:9 (NKJV)
Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6:36 (NKJV)
Mercy is a police officer who buys a pair of boots for a homeless man, or a carton of eggs for a shoplifting grandmother.* Mercy is a group of women who shave their heads to honor a friend with breast cancer.** Mercy is 'compassion for the miserable' (Easton's Bible Dictionary).
Mercy is not logical or easy. It's a slap in the face of indifference. It's a break in business as usual. It's a cure for the disease of disdain. It's a lifeline for those grieving and hurt. It's a choice not to judge by man's standards. It's a test to reveal our allegiance.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As Christians, we want and expect God's mercy. But do we give it to others?
As soldiers in God's army, as messengers with Good News, as performers with great gifts, be heralds of God's mercy. Show the world love, especially when it's inconvenient, unusual or unpopular. How? In the entertainment industry...
Be a model who shines without makeup. Be an actor who talks with the extras. Be the singer at small people's parties. Be the dancer who sits down with a friend. Be a comic who says no to mean jokes. Be a Christian who refuses to judge.
In the church, be a model of kindness and service. Be an actor whose walk exceeds his talk. Be a singer who praises on weak days. Be a dancer who lifts others to move. Be an encourager of the lonely. Be a Christian who refuses to judge.
Because God 'Delights in mercy' (Micah 7:18). Now 'Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love' (2 John 1:3).
To Be Continued...
* Police Officer buys homeless man a pair of boots: http://www.local10.com/news/police-officer-buys-homeless-man-shoes/25982900
* Police Deliver Groceries to Struggling Grandma Caught Shoplifting: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/12/officer-buys-eggs-for-gma-caught-stealing_n_6310630.html
** Woman Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Is Greeted By Loved Ones Who Went Bald For Her: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/women-shave-heads-friend-cancer_n_4978946.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.