Luke 6:36 - Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Why are we to be merciful??
Because the God whom we claim to love IS MERCIFUL.. Especially towards us!
Did he give you what you deserved?
James 2:13 - For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Is this what you want?? To have God restrain from you the mercy he has up until now shown you?
Our culture is a merciless culture right now..
They want mercy for themselves.. but refuse to show it to anyone else..
And just that kind of attitude is what PROMOTES God saying.. Fine I will do unto you what you do unto others..
Natural consequences.. btw for anyone who is a psychology major!
Matthew 5:7 - Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This here is exactly how God handles us.. DAY IN DAY OUT.. He forgives our sins.. only thing he asks is atleast ask for it.. Confess your mistakes..
Geez that seems easy enough..
Now tell me.. In your heart if someone did something bad to you.. Are you likely to forgive them if they just ignore that they ever even did the offensive behavior?
Or are you more likely (Just like GOD to want them to fess up and just be man or woman enough to say.. Yep.. I screwed up.. I did it.. Please forgive me.. The guilt is getting to me)
Matthew 9:13 - But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.