by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – God Defines a Good Person: Three Needful Things
Editor’s note: Did Debi just call out one of her daughters for being truly merciful? Judgmentalism has nothing to do with real mercy, of course the Pearls would put a nasty disclaimer on freely offering mercy. What theological Twister this type of thinking is.
Mercy is something we need to cultivate in ourselves as well as in our children. We can model mercy, and we can teach mercy as we “walk by the way” with our children. Occasions will arise among the children when they are faced with choosing the letter of the law or showing mercy. Home life is a classroom of mercy.
I have one daughter who is kinder than most anyone I know. Although she relates to people in mercy, her kindness is not always a fruit of the Spirit; it is her natural personality to not judge, for she is naturally sensitive to the feelings of others. Would that more of us were so naturally blessed. We must remember that mercy does not stand alone; it is in the company of justice and judgment. Where there is a lack of judgment, the expression of mercy can be a fault, for it is devoid of wisdom and ceases to be constructive, being received as normalizing the faults in others rather than showing wise judgment with mercy.
Mercy is a making a decision based on God’s heart. It is seeing the eternal picture and responding to that end. To LOVE mercy is greatly to be desired. God says a good person will “love mercy.” We need to pray that God teaches us to love mercy, we need to practice loving mercy, and we need to repent when we fail.
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