This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 5:46 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about showing others mercy when it’s most difficult.
Recently, we talked about the importance of showing mercy. Yet this may be easier to do when the person is a total stranger or when they share many of your beliefs. It becomes much more challenging when you disagree with the person on almost everything.
However, God still expects us to show mercy—no matter what the person believes or whether they are a neighbor, colleague, or from your past. Therefore, we must remember what Jesus teaches us from his parable about the wheat and the weeds.
In the story, a farmer planted good seed in his field, but during the night, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. As the wheat grew, the weeds grew too, right alongside the wheat.
While the first inclination of the servants was to pull up the weeds, they had to consider that in doing so, they would harm the wheat. Jesus’ point was that in life, the wheat and the weeds are intended to grow together until God separates them.
I know this can be challenging, particularly in the backdrop of our country being more divided than ever. But we must always go back and lean on His word.
Who in your life seems to be the weed today? Their actions and even their presence may not feel so good to you at times, but that is when we should show them mercy.
As you think about that, remember these words: “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:46 (ESV)
Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.
So today, show mercy to those different to you.