An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mercy Is a Two Edged Sword

(Proverbs 11:17 KJV)  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Mercy is a different type of two edged sword.  We tend to think of it as something that benefits the receiver.  I am merciful. You receive mercy.  True and obvious.

What is not usually understood is the benefit to the giver.  This is a principle that the Bible keeps repeating in different words.  Jesus said,
(Matthew 5:7 KJV)  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Coming at it from another direction, Jesus also said
(Matthew 6:12 KJV)  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
One is offered as positive, one negative, but the effect is the same.  Treating people with love and grace pays off for everyone.

So?  Do what is right.  If you can’t do it because it is right, do it because everyone will benefit.  It is a promise. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Funny how many folks who don't believe in God still believe in karma.

Pumice said...

The post-modern, new age mantra is that we are gods. Since I know the real thing, I know I don't measure up.

Grace and peace.