May we be both just AND compassionate.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Luke 6:36

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”


How do you know that someone is a Christian?

I’m thinking the main criteria would be: Does that person remind you of Jesus?

In today’s scripture, we hear Jesus tell his followers quite clearly that they must be merciful…just like God.

Is the word “merciful” a description of the Christians you know?

Each of us first needs to ask that question of ourselves.

To even have the capacity to extend mercy…our hearts must be open to empathy.

Many times this only happens through receiving mercy from someone else.

By the way, being merciful doesn’t mean being a push-over.

It means standing for what is right but always tempering your stance with merciful and compassionate actions.

Trying to be merciful is a task that should keep each of us humble and kind the rest of our lives!


Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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