Read Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It seems to me that mercy encompasses all the fruit of the Spirit brought together here in Galatians 5.

Love, rebuffed and despised, calls for mercy.

Joy, disturbed by chaos and uncertainty, calls for mercy.

Peace, wrecked by antagonism and violence, calls for mercy.

Patience, undermined by urgency and insistent demands, calls for mercy.

Kindness, in the face of calls to get-your-own-back, calls for mercy.

Goodness, when evil seems to win the day, calls for mercy.

Faithfulness, when selfishness is easier, calls for mercy.

Gentleness, when hot-headed responses are in the news, calls for mercy.

Self-control, when bad tempers flare up, calls for mercy.

And there it is – in the Old Testament of all places! Love mercy is a basic part of God’s requirements. The reading here from Galatians amplifies and explains it, helping us to see how it might work out in practice in our lives.

How wonderful it is to know that the Holy Spirit is on our side, empowering us as we struggle to be more God-like in character, and learn to be merciful, as our Heavenly Father is merciful to us.

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Friday 14th February Hub Daily Notes