Lesson 5 : Have Mercy

“Blessed are those who are merciful, because they will receive mercy”.  Sounds good, right?  But what does it involve?  What do you think of murderers?  How about sex offenders, thieves, terrorists, and abusers?  Not very highly, I suppose.  And I don’t blame you if you don’t, for they are the least respected because of their evil actions.  But should we treat them the same way we treat others?  I know this would bring up controversy, but what did Jesus teach us about those who persecute us and are considered our enemies?  Simply, to love and pray for them.  Impossible?   I can relate to that, but Jesus said that for God, nothing is impossible.  Jesus taught that part of practicing the Kingdom of Heaven, in addition to depending on God, accepting our weaknesses, being meek, and fighting for righteousness, is also to have mercy on everyone, even those who we don’t feel like having compassion for.  Jesus did not talk about things we are already used to or comfortable with.  If that would be the case, then Jesus would not have made history.  No, Jesus taught us to be different, to do what seems to be impossible, to walk the extra mile; in other words, to be perfect as “the Father in Heaven is perfect”.  If we think that Jesus is unreasonable by teaching to have mercy on everyone, then our hearts are not ready for the Kingdom and He will cast us out on the last day.  As simple as that.   Make no exceptions, include everyone. Does that mean we should invite sex offenders and murderers in our homes and have dinner with them?  Not necessarily, but visit them in prisons, provide them with education, don’t deny them the right to live respectful lives.  If they need to be kept away from society to prevent them from hurting others, let it be, but visit them and continue to care for them.  The same goes to other “undesired” people such as the homeless, the HIV positive, the prostitutes, the alien, and everyone else who does not share our values.  Treat them with compassion and love, so that we can be treated the same way.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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