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.