One of the toughest places to show mercy is in your own home with your family. Have you ever noticed that you can be completely patient with people you don’t know, yet totally impatient with people under your own roof? You can interrupt family when they’re telling a story and not getting it right. You’ll cut them off to correct them, but you’d never do that to a stranger. Have you ever noticed how quick you can be to forgive someone you don’t know, but your own family you’ll hold a grudge for years? Even on the way to church, as you’re driving to church and there’s a knocked out, dragged out verbal fight in the car; but as soon as you get into the church someone says hello and you respond with a cheery greeting minutes after what went on in the car. You’re not alone in this battle, which is why to have a heart of mercy you should be a person known for showing mercy to your family.
Mercy is God’s most important attribute. It is because of God’s mercy that we can have forgiveness, overcome failures, find faith, help friends, enjoy family, and grow closer to the Lord. Mercy even helps you deal with difficult people, discouraging problems, and those draining pressures that come into your life. God’s mercy is never-ending, renewing each day, and He is faithful to bless us with it. The only question is, “Are you willing to live in the mercies of God?”