One of my favorite movie remakes has to be the movie “Alice in Wonderland” with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. If you know the movie, then you also know about the notorious villain, the oddly large headed Queen of Hearts. She’s known by one famous line. One line that defines her as the foul tempered, unrelenting, unforgiving, don’t-you-dare-to-cross-her-or-else monarch.
“Off with her head!”
If you DARE to disobey the queen or simply fail to answer her question within a timely manner then it’s OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!
If we aren’t careful, it’s so easy to allow this same merciless attitude/approach towards people we disagree with. If someone cuts you off, does you wrong, does something you don’t particularly agree with? Off with their head! (not literally of course) but you get the point.
A reminder to you Christian, as we begin the Holiday Season.
Mercy matters more.
You can choose to dissect every issue and flaw of every person who does you wrong, who does something you deem unacceptable, or you disagree with. And you can cut them. Post something about them on Facebook. Call them out in a comment. Or post some random generic anti-message that shows how spiritual you are. (By the way – It does the opposite).
You can show mercy and be like Jesus.
We are to be known as people of mercy and forgiveness. That’s who we are. That’s who Jesus is. Remember Him? Oh yeah, that guy. He forgave you for the ___________. (Fill in the blank…movie you watched, book you read, person you did wrong, place you went, time you…).
So do the same. Be a person of mercy. People are hurting now more than ever. Somewhere…
- A single parent is scrambling to hopefully make Christmas happen.
- Someone just discovered they have cancer.
- A family doesn’t know what they’re going to do for food, NOT just Thanksgiving.
- A husband who lost his loved one a year ago is fighting depression.
- A parent is fighting a losing battle with their kids relationship.
Showing mercy doesn’t mean you accept or condone poor behavior, it also doesn’t make you any less of a Christian, or a Believer. In fact, it does the opposite. It makes you more of one. It shows that you’re focused more on the heart, then you are the action. Mercy reflects compassion. The same kind that Jesus showed to the crowds in Matthew 9:36. This world needs
mercy healing now more than ever.
“For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you.” Psalm 86:5