Mercy at Christmas

Because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!
             James 2:13

It’s that time of year again, where we’re faced with parties, busy shopping malls, school pageants and the family gatherings. These things can combine to make the next week one of the most stressful times of the year instead of the most wonderful time of year.

Even though my calendar is not full and all the presents are purchased, I still have a lot of stress over what’s going to happen next week. Will the gifts be acceptable. Will we be able to fit everybody’s wants into the time frame we have. Will I be able to eat healthy while surrounded by goodies. My list could go on and on.

But this year, I’m trying a different approach. I’m trying to look at all the events and people I encounter with mercy instead of judgement. As I read the above verse from James, I was convicted by the thought that if I don’t show mercy, none will be shown to me.

Now I don’t mean to say that if you’re merciful to everybody who is pushing their way into the check-out line at Wal-Mart that you will achieve success in getting to the line quicker. But what if you did show mercy to your fellow shoppers? I think you would see a change in your own heart, even if they do not respond in kind. And what about that family gathering that is happening next week? What if you kept quiet about some of the things that you see wrong and instead, just enjoyed watching others smile.

These are things that I need to hear, probably more than any of you. I’m going to approach this next week with the mercy of God towards others and allow Him to do this work in my heart, because I can’t do it without His help.

As we wrap up 2013, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time to read my blog. May this Christmas be full of the hope and joy that Christ brings. Merry Christmas!!!


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