Have Mercy on Me, Please
What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Many Bible scholars refer to Micah 6:8 as the "heart" of the Old Testament—a one-verse summary of Old Testament teaching. Micah's focus is similar in many ways to that in Christ's great commandment as recorded in Matthew 22:37-40. Micah's focus is on the simplicity of relationships. Micah gives us the "vertical" command to "walk humbly with God" and the "horizontal" command to "do justly and love mercy.” We see two ingredients highlighted in this commandment. First, to do rightly and justly so that we don't offend or sin against others. Then second, to be a lover of mercy—perhaps particularly as we encounter the offenses and sin of others.
We receive great blessing when we apply this call for mercy to our marriages.
We all mess up, and one of our biggest fears is that the person on the receiving end of our mistake will make us pay big-time. It's a wonderful experience when our mistake is met with mercy instead of wrath. We are relieved when, instead of blasting us, the person forgives us and tries to help us learn from the mistake. That's what mercy is all about.
We all make a lot of mistakes in marriage. When we do, we need—sometimes desperately—our spouses to show us mercy. When they do, healing takes place. When they don't, the pain worsens.
Marriage requires a merciful attitude if it is to be successful. With that attitude of mercy, we become what God intended us to be—mature, deeply loving people.
Shown any mercy to your spouse lately?
What can you do today to begin developing a merciful attitude, particularly toward your spouse?
Father, thank You for giving us instruction for all areas of our lives, including our need to show those around us mercy.