Imitate God, disappoint Satan

In Luke 6 Jesus is teaching the masses about God’s kingdom and love. He says: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

Yup, it’s a tough time. For you, but also for others.

That’s why we should show mercy proactively.

Is there someone who has said something to you in haste?

Is there someone you’ve had a disagreement with, and at any other time it probably wouldn’t have even been a big deal?

Is there someone who is taking a bit of a different approach than you about how to navigate life right now?

Is there someone who hasn’t done something they were supposed to do but is perhaps carrying (and trying to cope with) an invisible burden that is weighing them down, rendering them not at their best? 

A church father named John Chrysostom said this: “Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.”

Think about that for a second. Mercy imitates our heavenly Father (who has certainly shown boatloads of mercy toward us), and disappoints Satan (who would much rather we be filled with vengeance, spite and anger).

People are struggling. So imitate God, disappoint Satan, and…

Show mercy proactively.

By Matthew Ruttan

–My latest book is called Turbulence: Devotionals to steady you through the storms of life. You can buy it on Amazon here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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