“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 (NLT)
Think of someone who has hurt you. Now, imagine that person super small, the size of your thumb, standing defenseless in the palm of your hand. How many vengeful actions come to your mind? You may think of slowly squeezing your hand and watching them squirm in pain, or putting them in a box and leaving them out in the sun, or tying them with a rubber band to your dog’s chew toy. But in the end, would any of those things really satisfy your lust for vengeance?
People say that revenge is sweet, and maybe it is for a while, but in the end revenge is a trap. It leaves an aftertaste of bitterness, anger, and a longing for more. We need to ask God to change our tastes so that mercy tastes sweeter than revenge. We freely benefit from the mercy of Jesus and we should freely give mercy to others. Remember the sweet taste of mercy when God forgave you. It will help you to recognize that same flavor when you are on the giving end of mercy instead of the receiving end.
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.” Zechariah 7:9 (NLT)
“But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’” Matthew 12:7 (NLT)
“Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?” Matthew 18:33 (NLT)
“There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. James 2:13 (NLT)