Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. It's one of the beatitudes given by Jesus in Matthew 5. We are to strive to let our attitude be the be-attitudes! I heard a cute story that gives us a good visual of mercy that I want to share with you.
One night in 1935, Fiorello H. La Guardia, mayor of New York, showed up at a night court in the poorest ward of the city. He dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench. One case involved an elderly woman who was caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren. La Guardia said, "I've got to punish you. Ten dollars or ten days in jail."
As he spoke, he threw $10 into his hat. He then fined everyone in the courtroom 50 cents for living in a city "where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat." The hat was passed around, and the woman left the courtroom with her fine paid and an additional $47.50.
That my friends IS mercy. MErcy begins with ME.
Whom have you shown mercy to lately?