Choosing Mercy
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on March 26th, 2015

In the Battle with Our Words


​“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Matthew 5:7
 
​The words came hurling toward me and made a direct hit.
 
I fired a verbal warning shot over his bow.
 
The response was another direct hit with stellar accuracy.
 
We were caught up in yet another round of what I call Verbal Battleship.
 
 
You remember that game of skill, right?  Two participants engaged in intense warfare, both with a single goal – to sink the other’s ship.  Turn by turn, locations on the game board called in an effort to locate your opponent’s ship so it can be sunk first.
 
E4 … miss
 
B6 … it’s a hit!
 
Each turn, each call becoming more accurate until finally… You Sank My Battleship!

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No one knows us like our family knows us. They know our hopes and dreams as well as our fears and weaknesses.  Around others we may be able to hide under the cover of a tense smile or strong front, but not around those who have full access to our hearts.
 
They know where our battleships are located.
 
​So there we were, fully engaged in our current round of verbal battleship.  It was my shot.  Armed and fully loaded with a fiery missile, sure to be a direct hit and win this round, I took aim. 
 
But nothing.
 
Not a word.
 
Then the white flag.
 
I don’t want to fight with you.

​I wish I could say the better part of me kicked in, or I took the high road, or I was the bigger person, or I lovingly extended mercy.  Truth is, I was defeated, my ship had been sunk, and I just wanted the battle to end.
 
But maybe that’s where mercy comes from, from the low places.  From the defeated places.  Maybe we must experience our own brokenness; maybe we must feel the heart wrenching need to receive mercy before our hearts can truly extend mercy.

​”But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”
Romans 5:8-9

But Godis mercy
 
Showed his loveoffered mercy
 
While we were still sinnersneeded mercy
 
Christ died for usgranted mercy
 
Saved from the wrath of Godreceived mercy
 

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​“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Luke 6:36

​The game of Battleship may be a fun friendly competition which affords the winner some bragging rights.  But verbal battleship isn’t a game, it isn’t fun or friendly, there are no bragging rights won, in fact… in a round of verbal battleship – there are no winners at all.
If we would have the same mercy on others that God had on us, then maybe we could win others to Christ.
 
To make the choice to show mercy to others, I think we must ask ourselves if we really understand just how merciful God has been to us.  Because if we did understand, wouldn’t we be more merciful to those who persecute us?  Afterall, God loved us first when we were still sinners and Jesus died for us while we were still his enemy.
 

​Not giving us what we fully deserved while at the same time giving us something we could never deserve. 
 

Blessings Soul Friends,
This post is also linked up today with Suzanne Eller, author & speaker at Proverbs 31 Ministries for her #LiveFreeThursday series. Today's prompt is : Mercy.  Join the conversation here.

This post is also part of the series Blogging Through The Bible with the Good Morning Girls [Matthew]. To follow along please visit GoodMorningGirls.org.
This post is part of my on-going series for 2015 "My One Word :: WORD"
 

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​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a blogger, graphic artist, Bible teacher and speaker passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ.
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Posted in Blogging Through The Bible, Live Free Thursday, Gracious Words    Tagged with mercy, Micah, words, battle, Romans, Luke, enemy, Matthew, Beatitudes


4 Comments

Liz Giertz - March 26th, 2015 at 1:34 PM
This is so very good! I found you on Suzie Eller's #livefree Thursday and came over here after I posted my link.

Is. Offered. Needed. Granted. Received. Such great and encouraging words.
Jana - March 26th, 2015 at 5:55 PM
Thank you Liz, so glad you dropped by! Blessings, Jana
Kim Stewart - March 26th, 2015 at 2:10 PM
Jana, love this ~ I always loved playing Battleship too! "But, if we would have the same mercy on others that God had on us, then maybe we could win others to Christ." Isn't that the truth! Great reminder for me today to #livefree - thanks! Kim Stewart
www.kimstewartinspired.com
Christine Duncan - March 26th, 2015 at 6:28 PM
I love the breakdown of that verse in Romans you've given Jana!!! That's powerful. And your Battleship analogy is perfect. That kind of verbal sparring can keep us from being completely gracious and merciful to people in our lives. But when we surrender to Him, we can extend His mercy the way He does to us. I love it!
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