Good morning all
I have been thinking about how I react and behave particularly at work where witness is so important.
Matthew chapter 18 v 15-17 says this: “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that “by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
Understanding our frame, God leans toward mercy. Three times He repeats, “I will have mercy and not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13; 12:7).
He gets personal about it as well. In Matthew 5:7 Jesus names mercy as one of the primary beatitudes, or “attitudes to be in”: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Here, in a very personal and positive setting, we begin to see mercy’s cause-and-effect principle: Show mercy and you will obtain mercy.
There is more to say and think about regarding this attitude but for now may I encourage us all to consider this requirement to show mercy and not “might”, no matter what we initially feel inside!
Have a great week