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When you were younger, did you often hear about how it pays to be kind? Perhaps, you heard this from a teacher or from your parent growing up. Maybe, you heard it from a pastor during one of their sermons. Wherever you may have heard it, there is something to be said for showing a little kindness and mercy to somebody else.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:7

When we allow the Holy Spirit to go to work in our lives, we will have the desire to be merciful. In addition, we will be able to treat one another the way that God would have us to do. Likewise, we will recognize that the feelings and needs of others do matter.

This will require us to swallow our pride. It will require us to humble ourselves and see things from someone else’s point of view. As well, it will require us to fathom what it would be like if the shoe were on the other foot, and we were the ones needing mercy. Again, we must follow after the Spirit and have a relationship with Jesus Christ to do this (John 14:26).

While we may not feel that a person deserves or appreciates our kindness, it is up to us to listen to the voice of God. As children of God, we can follow His instruction. Thus, whenever God instructs us to be merciful to someone, we can choose to obey.

This doesn’t mean to let others walk over us. It does mean that, when we know someone needs mercy, we give it to them. When we see that we can cut someone a break or show them some grace, we will not resist doing it.

Finally, we all have our moments. None of us will always treat others with kindness. Sometimes, we will decide to “look out” for ourselves more than our neighbor. However, we can improve in this area! We can make it our goal to consider how God would have us to interact with others. Otherwise, are we living to please God or living to please ourselves?

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10