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Read Hebrews 4:14-15
The Apostle John asks: "If someone who is supposed to be a Christian...sees a brother in need, and won't help him—how can God's love be within him?" (1 John 3:17 TLB).
True servants are merciful. They care. They get involved. They get dirty, if necessary. They offer more than pious words.
And what do they get in return? What does Christ promise? "They shall receive mercy." Those who remain detached, distant, and disinterested in others will receive like treatment. But God promises that those who reach out and demonstrate mercy will, in turn, receive it. Both from other people as well as from God Himself.
That is exactly what Jesus, our Saviour, did for us when He came to earth. By becoming human. He got right inside our skin, literally. That made it possible for Him to see life through our eyes, feel the sting of our pain, and identify with the anguish of human need. He understands.
Get inside someone's skin today to understand and give mercy.
Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.
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