Measuring Out Mercy


Can you think of an enemy right now?  

Someone you perceive to be a rival or might antagonize you – someone that it would be easier to pass judgment on than show humble mercy to?

They may be your competitors.  They may be someone who has done you harm.  Or, they may be someone you can’t admit that you want to hold control over!

How could you triumph, how could you win with mercy over judgment?

This is the rich seedbed that produced Jesus beautiful words on “Measuring Out Mercy”.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use,
it will be measured back to you,”
  Luke 6.37-38 (NIV) WOW!

Judging is the opposite of giving, it is taking.  It is taking away a persons value.

We can and should make judgments about sin.  Some things are unhealthy and very harmful, they are sinful, but they don’t make the sinner invaluable to God.  Everyone is valuable and redeemable to God.

Why would He send His own son to die for all humanity if we were not all valuable?

Don’t pre-judge or pre-condemn — forgive — pre-give.  Give loads of mercy and it comes back as loads of mercy.

To forgive we have to give, we have to stretch, we have to give in, we have to give away our judgments and expectations.  We have to leave the returns to God.

What judgments are you willing to donate to a good cause?  The cause of Mercy.  What are you willing to let go of.

What did you react to that boiled out into uncontrollable rage, judgement, or cruel unusual punishment?

Whom do you need to forgive?

Whom do you need to backtrack with and with a humble heart and cooler head, reassess the offense?

Mercy…  it triumphs over a needed self-perceived requirement to be darn sure that “Justice be served.”

It’s truly time for us to look and act like our Father who is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  It is time to be merciful, just as our Father is merciful!

Here’s what the measurement of mercy looks like…

“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,”   Titus 3:4-6 NIV.

Jesus pours out his unlimited mercy on us.

What about mercy will we choose?

Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Give, and it will be given to you.


In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©

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” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow

Mary Lindow imageMary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.

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