April 19, 2017 – Mercifully Pure

Daily Challenges

Mercy means to have compassion or forgiveness toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

Has anyone besides God shown mercy on us lately?
It’s not easy to find someone willing to show mercy.
It seems like compassion and forgiveness aren’t always readily available.

Pure means free from contamination; wholesome and untainted by immorality.

Do we know anyone besides Jesus that is completely pure? Probably not.
Contamination of evil is all around us, everywhere we look; If we are able to see it.

What Else Can We Do?

Maybe, when we feel as though someone deserves punishment,
we could take a step back, count to ten and a take a deep breath
before imposing the worst.

Mercy would be the last thing someone would expect,
but may be just what they need to know the love of God.

Compassion and forgiveness may at times be the better choice.

As humans, it is impossible to fully escape evil. But it isn’t impossible to avoid it.
Our choices determine our results.
Better choices within God’s will can produce a better outcome of all of us.

The Bible Says

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful; For they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart; For they shall see God.

Matthew 24:4-5a
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord.

Karen

Bible Trivia: What is one way in which we can receive forgiveness from God? (See Matthew 6:14&15)

Bible Verse: A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

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