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 encouraging us to show others mercy, even when it’s most difficult.
Recently we honored medical workers and first responders who are on the front line, risking their own safety to help save others during the COVID-19 pandemic. While these workers and many others are making a conscious choice to contribute to society, there are others who are not.
Some believe they will never catch the coronavirus, so they don’t practice the preventive measures suggested by the CDC, such as increased hand washing and social distancing. It seems they couldn’t care less about how their actions could impact others. This is where I struggle to show mercy.
These people are in our local grocery stores and pharmacies; some are government officials, and some are even pastors, who continue to hug their members during these times. Just as these people are dispersed throughout society, I am reminded of what Jesus teaches us about the weeds dispersed among the wheat in his parable.
In the story, a farmer planted good seed in his field, but during the night, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. While the first inclination of the servants was to pull up the weeds, they had to consider that in doing so, they could harm the wheat. Jesus’ point was that in life, the wheat and the weeds are intended to grow together until God separates them.
Who in your life represents the weeds today? 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)
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So today, show them mercy.