June 19, 2014
Jesus said, “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” Mt 6:7-15
Jesus gave enough examples, through parable and direct teaching that God’s mercy is conditional upon ours. With every Lord’s Prayer, we say “Forgive us our trespasses AS WE FORGIVE those who trespass against us.” God’s mercy upon us, or we may say, His judgment of us, will be based upon our mercy towards others. Are we forgiving? Do we vindictively “get back, get even”? Do we hold grudges? Our media culture teaches us, through movies and TV that vendetta is justice.
But Jesus implores US to be the merciful ones! Our mercy will not only help others to be merciful in kind, but it will also be beneficial to us as well. And that mercy stems from our love, which stems from God’s love. If we can open our hearts to God’s love, then that love will flow through us in every thought and action we do.
Our mercy is not to be conditional, just as Jesus’ mercy was not. But our judgment will be dependent upon the actions we take every day of our lives.
May God bless you with Love and Patience and Mercy, beloved.
And may you truly be a mirror of His Love!
Other Conditional Mercy references:
Mt 6: 12; and forgive us our debts,as we forgive our debtors
Mt 6:14,15; (quote above)
Jas 2:13; For the judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mt 5:7; Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Mt 18: 32,33; His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
Sir 28:4; Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself, yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?
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