The merciful man
"Being willing to give mercy and forgiveness is about much more than extending grace towards another, it ultimately brings healing to the one extending such kindness. "
“The merciful man does good to his own soul…” (Proverbs 11:17) The man who gives mercy is a free man. Being willing to give mercy and forgiveness is about much more than extending grace towards another, it ultimately brings healing to the one extending such kindness. On the contrary, when we hold a grudge, when we are unwilling to forgive, when we desire punishment rather than mercy – we “trouble our own flesh” (Proverbs 11:17). Let the reader understand: our willingness to hold on to such bitterness does not hurt those who have wronged us; it hurts us.
If we want to be set free from the bondage and pain of bitterness, we must be willing to be merciful. Thank God that He was merciful to us and loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). If we are to be like our Lord, to truly follow Him, we too must be merciful and gracious even to those who have sinned against us. If you want to be free – be merciful; for the merciful man does good to his own soul.
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