“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”Micah 6:8
Mercy is among the virtues in a true Christmas spirit and is perhaps what comes to mind first when we think of the change seen in Mr. Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. The story tells how Scrooge becomes better than his word in showing mercy to the Cratchit family, especially to Tiny Tim. Scrooge “was a second father” to Tim, his new compassion sparing the young life.
John MacArthur describes mercy as “genuine compassion expressed in genuine help.” Since God is the source of mercy and first demonstrated His loving forgiveness to us, He delights when we are merciful as well.
When the Lord requires us to “love mercy,” however, He means much more than providing relief for those in need. Loving mercy actively seeks the best for others with a tenderness that is ready to forgive, sympathize, comfort, or come beside as a friend. All of those things are easier for us to do when we consider God’s genuine compassion to us, expressed through sending His Son in the moment of our sin and genuine need.
Do your eyes see with compassion and loving mercy? The Lord is able to help you with this today.
Bible In A Year
- Micah 1-4
- Proverbs 22