Read: Matthew 5:1-12
Scientists who study sharks tell that they are most likely to attack when they sense blood in the water. The blood acts as a trigger and then they attack. And many times, they attack in a group. Blood in the water shows the vulnerability of the target.
It is a sad thing that this is sometimes how people in the church respond to those who are hurting. Instead of being a loving and caring community, it can become a dangerous environment where people are looking for someone’s weaknesses, failures, or faults. And then, everyone would isolate such a person or would not show Christ-like love to that person.
Instead of putting down people, we should encourage them and try to restore them. We are not to excuse sinful behaviour, but Jesus calls us to display mercy. Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt. 5:7). Mercy is described as not getting what we deserve, and the truth is we all deserve eternal judgement. The same God who shows us mercy in Christ tells us to show mercy to one another.
So, let us show mercy to others. The day may come when we will desire someone to show mercy to us. If Christ is showing mercy to us today, let us continue to show mercy to others.