Friday, March 10th

READ: Psalm 145:8-9

I can’t recall the number of times I heard the phrase “Do as I say, not as I do” growing up. It was one of my dad’s favorite things to say when he caught me doing something ‘wrong’ that he had done so many times himself. Now as a parent, I catch myself saying the same line to my own daughter.

Mercy is defined as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Or simply, not punishing someone when they deserve to be punished. Isn’t it funny how slow we can be to give mercy, but when we are the guilty party, we are so quick to expect it from others?

As a parent, I fail in the mercy department daily. I hold my daughter to a much higher standard than I hold myself. I truly expect her to‘do as I say, not as I do.'

But as her mom, I am called to be a constant model of God’s grace and mercy. Mercy is a gift from Him and begins with Him. I can only extend mercy to her, and others, when I recognize the punishment for sin and the mercy God has given to me through His Son, and when I recognize every blessing God gives us is a gift of undeserved mercy. And that mercy doesn’t begin with me; it begins with Him.

PRAY: Heavenly Father, we praise You for showing us, as Your children, undeserved mercy every day. Bless us with Your presence, power, wisdom and grace as You faithfully parent us; so that by Your faithful grace, mercy will spill over from our hearts and onto our own families and others we meet.