Mercy is Tough

Half the books in the library seem to be about tough people who solve crimes. They’re always good-looking, muscular, and have interesting personalities; but most of the time they don’t care about people. Jesus taught us to do something that’s even tougher to do: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36).

Why is it tough to be merciful? Because it goes against everything we normally want to do. The easy thing is to take revenge, gossip about somebody, or refuse to forgive. It’s much harder to show some mercy to someone you don’t like, or who has done something against you. We want to react in kind. Jesus commands us not to. That’s the tough part. Continue reading

The Risks of Kindness

Shocking words: “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.” (Luke 6:35).  It’s not good enough to just lend to friends and people who are low risk.  For “even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount” (v.34).  These statements at first seem irresponsible and reckless.  Wouldn’t we become impoverished if we threw money around like that? Continue reading