“Oh, Yes! He Did! (Show Mercy)”

I must admit that I still have not decided in my mind whether Lydia said “Godzilla is really only a guy in a big rubber suit” to be hurtful or helpful or to be a “know-it-all.” So what do you think? Is her motivation maybe not all that important? Maybe ignoring the “Why?” is part of what being merciful is about?

When we are merciful, we don’t really look at a person’s intentions. In fact, we don’t even look at the person at all. Instead we look at the One who has shown us mercy and continues to show us mercy.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NASB)

Just like the tears that no one saw in yesterday’s comic strip, mercy often has a cost. We should remember that God’s mercy towards us had an immense cost in the anguish and pain of the Cross Of Christ.

I learned from a new Christian recently one of the things that impressed him most about Jesus and what convinced him most that Jesus was real was that He endured crucifixion when He could have “blasted everyone straight to Hell for crucifying Him.”

What a wonderful model of mercy we have, I believe, in Real Life Jesus.

In preparing the “Monthly Digest” for May, I found that for a good number of posts I had more text than I could edit into the space set up for that format. So in some respects, today’s comic strip commentary was an exercise in brevity. I have even thought of doing a group of Laser Eyes Jesus comic strips specifically on The Beatitudes. I like the idea that Laser Eyes Jesus is hearing from others in passing what “that guy on the next hill over there is saying” and how the words of Jesus are slowly changing his life, perhaps without him knowing it.

5 thoughts on ““Oh, Yes! He Did! (Show Mercy)”

  1. Showing mercy is cool to me, but man, showing mercy to someone who keeps using you because you’re just nice and wouldn’t stop helping them because you want to be that ‘doer’ if the word isn’t cool at all. I have this friend that is so inconsiderate of me and even though I help her, at a time I thought I wasn’t receiving blessings by helping her anymore, because I always felt bad and would get really mad at her in my mind. Sometimes I cry and feel like telling her off but then I find myself asking God to give me the wisdom to follow her. Honestly, till now, it’s still not easy.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! But more than me knowing what you mean, Jesus really knows what you mean! I really appreciate how you shared this with us because I think sometimes there seems to be a message that if we just “Follow Jesus and The Beatitudes and your life will be blessed.” You’ve pointed out how this isn’t necessarily so all the time. Isn’t it amazing how Jesus speaks to problems that people still have today, like what you have described? “pray for them which despitefully use you” Matt. 5:44. And you know that’s not easy! But you’ve pointed out the right reaction…turn to God. Thanks so much for sharing this and adding to the conversation!

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  2. I also really like that laser-eye Jesus is hearing about the real Jesus too. Love the pudding cups and the kid who keeps wanting Jesus to blast Lydia. So funny.

    Your post made me think of what I did last week. I made a comment on a blog and only later realized they could have taken what I sais as a criticism of what they wrote. I didn’t mean that at all, but I could see how they might think that. I can’t seem to find that blog. Can’t even remember the name and feel bad.

    Yes, maybe mercy is not knowing the person’s intentions and being okay with that. Just show love to everyone as Jesus did.

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean. Sometimes comments can be taken the wrong way. It’s not easy giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I have to say it’s a lot easier than doubting everyone’s intentions! (And you have a great deal more inner peace too!) I’m sure that if they clicked your picture beside your comment and reviewed your posts, they would know that your intentions are always for the good of others!

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