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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 5, 2010 - Mercy

By Dave Kidd

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7, NIV).

 Over the last six years of ministry to marriages, it has become increasingly clear to me that no two couples are alike and, subsequently, no two marriages are alike. While this may present some challenges to marriage ministry, this fact does provide opportunities for growth within our marriages.

Recently, in a class for married couples, I presented each couple with a challenge — a challenge that I want to extend to you today.

The above verse is about showing mercy. I want to focus on two particular meanings of the word. First, mercy can be extended to someone who has done wrong.

Allow me to be transparent and elaborate. I have this tendency to speak before I think, particularly when it comes to minor decisions that I SHOULD discuss with Robin. Typically, these instances are in relationship with my generosity and concern toward others. Even so, a good thing that is improperly planned is a problem. While I try to change this flaw in my character, Robin chooses to show me mercy. Am I guilty? Absolutely! However, Robin does not punish me to the full extent of the laws of our home. That, my friends, is mercy.

The second meaning of mercy is best understood as an act of benevolent caring. Seeing an individual in need and reaching out to care for that individual would be an example of showing mercy. Both of these meanings when applied can have a tremendous impact on a marriage.

How?

Obviously, overlooking each other’s faults and walking in a spirit of forgiveness with our spouse goes much farther than pointing out those faults and harboring unforgiveness. Additionally, if we prayerfully watch for opportunities to minister to other couples in need — whether financially, materially, relationally, spiritually or emotionally — our perspective will be changed and our own problems will look amazingly different.

Here is my challenge to you this week. Prayerfully be on the lookout for an individual or another couple that is struggling in some way and determine to be a blessing to them. Maybe you could invite them over for dinner, offer to be the listening ears and the shoulders that they can cry on, or, maybe God will lead you to help in some tangible fashion.

Whatever the opportunity, act on it and, after you have acted upon it, pay particular attention to how you feel, both individually and as a couple. I am going to guess that your perspective as a couple will have changed and your joy will increase.

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship — “the caring place” — in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

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