Mercy. Who Needs It?

Alexander the Great was the first conqueror of the world. Even today, as we recognize leaders who have left their imprint and impact on the world, he is considered one of the most remarkable men of history.  

Late in his life an artist was commissioned to paint a portrait of him. In discussing the content of the painting Alexander informed the artist that he was anxious to conceal the scar on his face.  

To accommodate him, the artist painted the portrait of Alexander in a reflective mood with his head resting on his hand and a finger covering the scar. This act of insight and kindness by the artist worked perfectly, and the scar was hidden. 

That is love in action - reflecting the mercy of one who honors the needs of others. 

The Apostle Peter summed up the behavior that we, as Christians, are to show to others: “Most important of all,” he wrote, “continue to show deep love for each other.”  

Love is always expressed in deeds of kindness that we offer to those in need. If we say that we have love for others yet do nothing to help them in their times of need, we do not reflect our appreciation for the deeds of kindness that God, through Christ, has shown us.  

We can only show our gratitude for the grace of God in our lives by what we do to and for others. Words are not works, and thoughts do not bring change or help to those in need. 

 Prayer:  Help us, Lord, to show our gratitude to You for the love, grace, and mercy You shower on us each day. Give us hearts of compassion and hands that help others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 

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