I think there are many aspects to being merciful. It’s about giving to those in need. It’s about forgiving those who offend you. It’s about lightening another’s burden. It’s about looking beyond yourself.
It can be so hard to do this, to consistently focus on others. The Savior did it almost effortlessly; His entire life was one of service, His last great acts were those of mercy. If he could give everything for us in order to provide us with a bright eternity, than surely we can give just a little in return. A kind act here, compassion there.
I can’t say I’m an expert in showing mercy, but here are some ideas:
- Forgive others. We’re imperfect; it’s part of the human condition. We make mistakes. Forgive others for their shortcoming, especially where it concerns you. They might hurt or offend you. Forgive them, even when they don’t ask for it.
- Lighten another’s burden. Lightening someone’s burden can be as easy as doing the dishes or cleaning the house. We all get overwhelmed at times.
- Give to those in need. It’s a common mantra this month, but that’s because it’s important.
- Don’t judge. We all fall short. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
Be merciful. Be loving. Be like the Savior.
Choose Joy, and Light the World.