"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
When we are called to God in faith, we are also called into the people of God, giving us a big family, and those people have needs. "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
We are called also into communities, where we share life with others who have been made in God's image. Instead of hiding from them, we're meant to seek the flourishing of the city (Jer. 29); we're to do jobs, cook meals, loving our neighbors well. We are to do mercy, then, for God's people in our churches, but also for those who live down the street. Perhaps the best example of this kind of mercy is in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). The seemingly righteous ones passed by the man who had been beaten, and yet the Samaritan man bound up his wounds, and paid for the man to have whatever time he needed in comfortable lodgings. Then Jesus says, 'Go, and do likewise.'
TEACH ME TO LOVE MERCY: There are those near us who need us; we should incorporate our children in safe ways in our efforts to ease pain for those around us who hurt. Children are good at spotting pain, they feel it to at times, and want to participate in its alleviation. Talk with your kids about justice: where have you seen injustice, and what can be done? What historically, have been errors that are caused by sin? Teach them that God hates injustice and that he stands on the side of the oppressed.
Our acts of mercy and justice point to and illuminate the great mercy of our all-powerful God.
QUOTE TO REMEMBER: Our mind cannot find a comparison too large for expressing the superabundant mercy of the Lord towards his people. - David Dickson
GIVE IT LEGS: Start small, and find someone near you who is hurting and bring them comfort either by visiting them, or bringing them a meal.