Reflection: In my role as a church relations representative with BSA, I was able to visit our brothers and sisters in China earlier in 2019. Through a translator, I heard a local pastor preach about the prodigal son and how he shamed his father. But through it all, his father was merciful with his son upon his return home. He encouraged the church to know the father’s love, but also to be gentle with their sons.
James also tells us that mercy triumphs over judgment. As fathers, we want to teach our kids discipline and provide
protective boundaries. But God models a merciful love to us. Our kids should always know that their father will protect them and show them mercy.
Mercy can also be key to our other relationships. We may sometimes to be quick to judge and correct others in our life (both privately and publicly). James calls us to a faith where our royal law starts with “love your neighbour as yourself”.
Questions: Is there a time in your life when perhaps you should have shown mercy? How can you ensure you show mercy in future circumstances?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your mercy upon us. Thank you for your death and resurrection, the ultimate act
of mercy for us. We pray that we can show mercy to others in our lives and to find ways to love our neighbour as ourselves.
We’re reading the Bible until September 8th with Rick Pekan. Rick is Bible Society Australia’s church and community relations coordinator in WA. With his wife Louise, Rick has been a foster carer for 40 children as well as having four children of their own.