A call to become merciful

The season of fall is here and the holidays are fast approaching with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. Yet, how distracted are we from those who are wounded in the battle of life? Today’s devotion comes from Our Daily Bread by Randy Kilgore.  Recounting an event that occurred during the US Civil War, Kilgore shares how a confederate soldier assisted fallen Union Soldiers. How are we extending the Mercy of Christ to those who have fallen? Who are our Enemy Soldiers in life?


While few of us will face an enemy on the battlefield, those who suffer can be found all around us—people struggling against loneliness, loss, health issues, and sin. Their cries, muted by our many distractions, plead for mercy and comfort, for hope and help.

Kirkland’s example of Christ-like compassion put action to Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” (Matt. 5:44). Paul expanded on that theme when he quotes Proverbs 25:21, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink” (Rom. 12:20). “Do not be overcome by evil,” he instructed us, “but overcome evil with good” (v.21).

Paul’s challenge compels us to emulate Sgt. Kirkland. Today is the day for us to “leap the wall” of safety to lend comfort from God to those in need.

There are many people in our society and culture that need to experience the mercy of Christ. How are we going to fulfill the call to show the compassion of Christ and the love of God to those who are broken and left abandoned in life?