In looking at the experiences of two friends who made wrong choices recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that mercy is also a choice.
One friend made a bad choice that he didn’t realize might hurt someone. Actually, it was more of an honest mistake. He didn’t know he was breaking a rule, but when it was discovered that he had broken the rule, he was shamed in front of others and punished. I’m sure that the boss thought he was letting this fellow off easy, but his lack of mercy damaged everything the young man was trying to accomplish.
Another friend made a series of bad choices knowing they would hurt others. Actually, anyone would have known that it was wrong. But when it was discovered that he had done these things not caring who he hurt, the one whom he had injured most had mercy on him. I’m sure some thought he was letting this fellow off easy, but his mercy gave my friend the chance to restore his own life.
Mercy is indeed a choice, and it seems to me it’s always a good choice. It certainly is God’s choice for all of us, revealed in the Resurrection. What a blessing that God’s loving mercy is for everyone, whether we deserve it or not.
- Annette Ellard, CBF field personnel serving in Louisville, Ky.