Monday's Musings

Extending Mercy

So I’m out here in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of Alejandro and Amanda from my Plain Fame series which is being re-launched on September 29th by Waterfall Press (an imprint of Brilliance Audio). It’s an awful lot of fun to visit the places that I described in the books…and to find new places to add to future books!

But something happened while I was out here.

Someone I care about asked me to do something that I don’t care about.

Have you ever been in one of those situations?

Over the past year, I have followed God’s word about forgiving. I have apologized for wrongs I did not do (and the wrongs I did do), forgiven when wrongs were repeatedly done to me, and done my best to forget and move on. I have extended olive branch after olive branch to no avail. And, when I finally get permission to move on and live, while in the midst of fun vacation, I was reminded…once again…and asked to once again pull open my shirt so that my heart is exposed to the daggers of Roman soldiers?

It’s a little much to bear.

In Matthew 6:7, Jesus says “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.”

Mercy is another word for compassion, grace, forgiveness, and kindness. We can be kind and we can show grace, but Jesus does not say that our act of extending mercy means that other people will respond likewise.

In situations where we show grace, kindness, forgiveness, or mercy, it can be misread by those who wear blinders and see only what they want to see.

But that’s OK. You see, Jesus does not say that the mercy received by merciful is from this earth. The compassion shown to us is undoubtedly from God, not mankind.

So, now that I have been asked to show compassion, I know that God will extend mercy to me. Sometimes we have to compromise our own principles to achieve the greatness that God wants from us.

5 thoughts on “Extending Mercy

  1. I’m sorry something you didn’t believe in happened on vacation. I guess such is life…it’s everywhere & we are
    not ever fully in a vacuum,I guess. While I understand forgiveness, I guess I don’t fully understand what has happened, therefore, Don’fully understand what you ate saying. I’m sure it’s probably just me…been a long day.
    Love to you, Sarah and you’ll have loads of great memories from your vacation to offset one not so great. Hugs.

  2. Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

    Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

  3. Sarah, I assume that hooking up with Brilliance Audio means you’ll be on a site like Audible soon. Hooray.

    You write: “Someone I care about asked me to do something that I don’t care about.” But you don’t say what, which makes all the difference.

    Here is your concern reshaped in the form of the 4 questions:
    Don’t care about as in illegal?
    Don’t care about as in immoral?
    Don’t care about as in unsafe? or
    Don’t care about as in ‘it doesn’t make sense’?

    Say you’ve (I’ve) shown up at 4 annual family gatherings to make amends with your sisters. Each time they avoid you and re-start old arguments when you’ve apologized for your part in those old arguments (without asking them to apologize, because you can only change your own behavior). Now, you are asked to go to the 5th gathering. Put another way, you’ve been asked to do something you don’t care about doing. Do you go?
    Going to the gathering passes the first three questions. May it be answered either way for question 4? I suggest the answer is yes.

    Of course, forgiveness is excellent, as it was in the church shootings recently. But the principle – the quality – of forgiveness does not commit one to making the same mistake (as in question 4) over and over, expecting a different result. IMHO. Jon

  4. Sorry, that someone or something tried to take away your joy on your vacation and reliving Amanda and Alejandro ‘s romance. I hope that you are able to get your joy back. You are in my prayers always.
    Take care!

  5. Sarah, I’m so sorry. Enough is enough. No one, not God, expects you to be perfect and carry the burdens of others’ who have issues. You’ve extended the olive branch and done everything God expects you to do. Move forward in mercy and grace. Not everyone is going to love you like so many of us do. They don’t matter.

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