Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mercy and Truth

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. Psalm 85:10 NKJV

Mercy apart from truth breeds compromise. Truth without mercy cuts to pieces. God blends the two in sweet harmonies. We are to love our world with the love birthed by the Holy Spirit tempered by the boundaries of truth. God will help us to offer truth to others with love as our motive and mercy as our serving plate. We can find balance as we obey the word of God with a heart of compassion.

When we come across individuals who rebel against the truth, our first reaction should not be to beat them with the Bible. Instead, we must remember that we once were enemies of God. Humility teaches us to speak the truth in love. Maybe the first thing we should do is to pray for such an individual. Time spent on our knees will help us to minister in mercy.

On the other hand, if we are afraid to speak words of wisdom to our friend, if we choose to sympathize with their predicament without influencing them towards the way, we will soon slide into the mirk and mire.

Let's choose to allow mercy and truth to meet together within us. Then we will walk in righteousness and we will allow God's peace to have its way in our hearts and lives.

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