So have a pretty good hold on what mercy is, but now what does it mean to LOVE mercy? When I think of what it means to love something, I think of having a strong liking for it. Typically when you love something, it entails that you enjoy partaking whatever the object of the love may be.
A dictionary definition of love is a strong affection for another rising out of kinship or personal ties; a warm attachment, devotion or admiration; or an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. To tie this definition into what we’re talking about, to love means to have a genuine concern and unselfish devotion to something. According love and mercy’s definitions and Micah 6:8, we should have a genuine concern and unselfish devotion of showing forgiveness and compassion. It should be habitual.
Love and mercy should go hand in hand. As Christ followers, we are instructed to love all people. Part of loving them should be loving to show them mercy because we care about them and because we have been given the same treatment. You know that old statement, “Do unto others as you want done to you”, yep well boom that applies here too! I think in order to be able to do this, we need to take a look at what love is and how we show it.
I John 4:7-10 states, “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” These verses demonstrate the depth of God’s love for us. Like for real, the dude done sent his ONLY son to die probably one of the most horrible and painful deaths a person can endure and why?? Because he LOVES US. Us-mere humans who stumble, sin and screw up basically everything-hard core Charlie Brown syndrome (totally guilty here yall), but He loves us anyway and has shown this great mercy to us. The second high def picture of love in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
While doing research for this study and constantly Googling or Youtubing the word mercy, the biggest hits have been “Mercy” by Kanye West and “Mercy” by Duffy. Kanye’s song states “weeping and moaning and a gnashing of teeth” (lovely image right??). Duffy’s song states “I keep begging you for mercy” and “why won’t you release me”. Another sound bit that my fellow 90s babies might recall is the infamous “have mercy” coined by Uncle Jesse in Full House. Now, not to say that any of these are a great portrayal of what mercy really is, but this does paint of a picture of the world’s view of mercy. In all three of these, a sense of power is detected. Mercy is begged for and given from a powerful source. Mercy should be FREELY given out of love, not want for power. Hate to break it to ya, but we’re not supposed to take the Loki method, you’re not looking for people to bow down to you and beg you to show them mercy.
As a concluder to this love fest, mercy and love go hand in hand. We should unselfishly, habitually, and affectionately WANT to show mercy. We should love to do so out of our hearts for people and those around us. Thanks for the read, please comment what ya think! :]