Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
This is the fourth in the “Be Ye Therefore…” series. In this passage of scripture Jesus has just told His followers to love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, be ye therefore merciful. Then He tells us why… because our Father in heaven is merciful and we are children of the Highest. And He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. This is the second time in this series that Christ is essentially reminding us to be like Him. Mercy is an attribute of God’s character.
Remember Where the Lord Brought You From
No matter how much time passes from the moment you were first birthed into the family of God, always remember where the Lord brought you from. This will help you love sinners and be humble in dealing with sinful brothers and sisters. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 KJV) We are to seek restoration first when dealing with fellow believers that have strayed in sin. We are never to be self righteous, for apart from Christ we are nothing and are just as likely to stray as they are.
Christ once gave the example of the servant who was forgiven of a great debt of ten thousand talents by his king. But instead of that mercy changing his life, the servant went out to one who owed him a much smaller sum of one hundred pence and had him imprisoned in order to extract what he felt was due him. When the king heard how the servant treated his debtor after the king had showed mercy, he was wroth with the servant saying he was wicked in not showing the same kindness and mercy that the king had shown him.
Friend, you and I owed a debt of sin that we could not pay. Christ our Lord has not just given us more time to pay our debt, but has forgiven us of that debt. Yea, He has justified us (As I’ve heard it put, JUSTIFIED – Just as if I’d never sinned). Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, enemies of God. Dear Christian brothers and sisters, if you would dare in these last days to be what the word Christian actually means, be ye therefore merciful as your Father has been merciful to you.
THINK ON THESE THINGS…
A Fellow Servant