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Daily Devotional
2020. 02
14
금요일
CHOOSING MERCY
Colossians 3:12-17

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. — Micah 6:8 (NIV)

I think often about the meaning of Micah 6:8. I love justice, but if justice were up to me, few people would get a second chance. When criminals are pardoned from a hearing because of their declining health, I want them to go to the hearing anyway — if they made someone suffer then I want them to suffer the consequences. In those moments, I realize that my love of justice is more like a love of retribution. But when I long to see someone punished, am I loving mercy as God calls me to do? When we love mercy, we can rest secure in knowing that God is the perfect judge who will make things right.As Christians, we can show God’s love and grace to the world by being in the business of second chances. Loving mercy, even when it’s painfully difficult to do so, is an opportunity to show someone else God’s love for us.

Prayer |

Dear God, we thank you that you are a God who gives second chances. We pray that you will strengthen us to do the same for others. Amen.

Thought for the Day |

I reflect God’s gracious love when I show mercy.

Prayer Focus |

TO BE MERCIFUL

Writer |

Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia)