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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Matt Gaston, Leader Care Facilitator - Eastern Region
“The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh” Proverbs 11:17
The sentence “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” as you know comes from a product commercial concerning seniors who have the potential of falling when they are alone and so they need to wear an electronic device so that if they do fall someone can come to their rescue. The sentence now has become comical and has also become a joke somewhat. We hear it often in our daily routines of life. I am sure all of us have used this sentence in pun.
But from a spiritual sense this sentence is not comical one wee bit. God’s people fail on a regular basis and they sometimes get isolated from other believers because of their failure. They have fallen and yes they may not know how to get up again. They hurt and they feel they have betrayed the Lord so greatly that they don’t deserve another chance. The Story of the Prodigal Son depicts God the Father expressing Mercy and Forgiveness within the Family. The fallen son is uplifted and restored by a merciful father. It’s interesting the other son in the family expressed cruelty to his fallen brother which broke the father’s heart.
The Parable about the Good Samaritan is all about Mercy & Compassion for those outside the Family. God does not forget those who show mercy to others! God looks upon the poor and needy both physically and spiritually. He calls out to us as His disciples, go to the fallen and lift them up. Show My Mercy and show My Compassion, and yes, place it upon to those who you feel don’t deserve it.
Mercy is good for the Soul! I like that!