It is difficult to live in a world with our increasing awareness of violence; world wars, oppression of women and children, the threat of terrorism. At times we feel hopeless, at other times angry, or at other times deeply saddened by the way human beings treat one another. The truth is, God is never absent in these situations and invites us to partner with Him in bringing justice and mercy to our world.
So how do we partner with God?
One way is to consider passages such as this one:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Michah 6:8
Think about words that jump out to you as you read… justly… mercy…humbly. These are not just religious concepts, these words are an invitation. How can you approach people and situations in your life with the same mindset that Jesus would have if He were in your place? When we consider this, we not only become more aware of God’s pattern of offering undeserved forgiveness, we will gain the strength we need to live in a way that is more compassionate and merciful.