I would love to hear your mercy story and possibly share it on my blog! If you would like to send me your story (1,000 words or less) I will contact you if I plan to use it for a guest post. Please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mercy story can either be about you offering the gift of mercy to someone who offended you OR someone offering you mercy after you offended them. Remember, mercy is more than verbalizing “I forgive you,” but rather displaying tangible acts of kindness the other person either decides to receive or reject.
Offering mercy does not have to come AFTER someone has repented. In fact, many times the offering of mercy or kindness can help lead a person to true repentance. We first see this truth in how God loves us in Romans 2:4 (NASB)-
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”
Mercy stories are powerful because offering mercy is not something we can do without the power of the Holy Spirit. (Which we can ask for when we desire to show mercy) Once again, it goes beyond words. Jesus not only verbalized His forgiveness towards our sin against Him, but He displayed His mercy through dying for us on the Cross. (Romans 5:6-8)
When we receive the mercy Jesus gives us, it transforms our hearts. It softens our heart and causes us to love more like Jesus. And when we come across someone today who has also given us this gift, it will have the same effect. It really is astounding to be offered mercy in the form of true love and kindness. If it’s happened to you, you know it. You never have to wonder if you’ve been forgiven.
Mercy is a gift that can’t be earned or deserved. The desire to give it is born out of a heart that has known its own need for mercy. Romans 3:23 (NASB) tells us “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The only reason a person would not see their need for mercy would be to believe they have never sinned.
Severe mercy is just that, severe. Though all stories are welcome, it’s highly unlikely I will post a story on you getting your toe stepped on. I sympathize with that kind of pain but it’s not the story I will most likely share. The stories I’ll share will involve courage, sacrifice, mental anguish and deep pain……….
They will be messy but filled with hope, repentance, new starts and miraculous healings.
One final thought- Allen Hood says that mercy will make the pious angry. If we find ourselves getting angry because someone was shown great mercy, we should consider that we have become self-righteous and have lost sight that we too need mercy. Mercy does not negate the consequences a person will experience but will give a person hope as they walk through the consequences. And to want to do that for someone is a gift of mercy!
“Blessed are the merciful, for the shall receive mercy.” Romans 5:7 (NASB)