6 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’ (Luke 6:36-38)
None of us is perfect. In fact, most of us are far from perfect. We try to do the right thing, to be the right kind of person, but so often we fail. This is not something that we find very comfortable to admit, even to ourselves.
Then it is so much easier to look at the faults of others. Where we are only too happy to let our own wrongs pass with a shrug of the shoulders and an “Oops!”, we like to notice and point out whatever mistake our neighbour has committed. In fact, it makes us feel better about our own shortcomings, or so we seem to think.
This is not how things work in God’s economy. Mercy is one of God’s defining qualities. God goes over and beyond to reach out to us, to meet us more than halfway with his forgiveness. The least we can do in response, is pass this precious gift on to our neighbour, forgiving as we have been forgiven.