Soren Kierkegaard said that mercy has converted more people than zeal, or eloquence, or learning or all of them together.
Mercy is when we are spared from harm or judgment. How often we find ourselves in the seat of judgment of others wanting to condemn them for what they have done. As Kierkegaard says, it would be better to have mercy on them and to win them to Christ. Mercy demonstrates that we care about people. Isn't that what Jesus did? Someone told a group of ministers that if we preach on hell, there should be tears in our eyes because mercy would be in our hearts.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.