Monday, May 7, 2012

Compassion and Mercy Essay

"So what," A large boy on the playground scoffed, "you have a small scratch, that is nothing if you ask me you are the worst crybaby on this playground."
 The smaller boy looked downcast a small tear slipping from his eyes.
"Will you just bug of and leave him alone?" Another boy said looking the bully in the eye. "If you had not of pushed him he would not be hurt. Does the word compassion or mercy mean anything to you?"
The bully glared at him and stomped off.
The other boy bent down then and helped the smaller boy to his feet. "Are you alright?" he asked.
The smaller boy nodded as he dried his tears. "I just skinned my knee a little."
"Come on let's go inside and get you cleaned up."

Now which boy showed compassion and mercy to the little boy? The second, you're right. Bible says we should be compassionate to all, even to those we don't like.
But what does compassion and mercy mean?  Compassion is when we see someone in need and we want to help. Mercy is when we help help them even though they do not deserve it.
A good illustration of this is the story of Jonah from the Bible. God had compassion for the Ninivites and told Jonah to go and worn them that God was going to destroy their city because it was so wicked. But Jonah did not want to so he ran the other way and God sent a storm and his shipmates through him overboard where God sent a fish to swallow him. Then Jonah asked for forgiveness and after three days and three nights in the belly of the fish God had him spat him out on dry ground and Jonah went to Nineveh. Once there he preached gloom and doom and the Ninevites repented although Jonah was upset he had been hoping to get to see fire fall from heaven. God although had different plans. Since they did repent God had mercy on them and forgave the people.

Ephesians 4:32 states Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted forgiving one another even as God for Christ sake hath for given you.
Meaning that we should love all, and forgive them no matter what they did to us. That is what compassion and mercy are all about.

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