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Mercy Transforms

Matthew 18:12 (NLT)
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?

One day in the monastery, one of the students was caught stealing. They took him before the teacher and said "We caught him stealing, what will you do?".  The teacher said nothing, and eventually the crowd dispersed.  A few days later, that same student was caught stealing again.  A crowd gathered around the teacher and they explained "Teacher, we caught him stealing again! We want you to expel him, and if you don't we will all leave!".  The teacher thought for a moment and replied "You all know right from wrong, but this one does not.  You may find another school if you like, but this man needs my help more than anybody.  I shall keep him, even if the rest of you leave."  The young man's face was covered with tears, and he lost his desire to steal that day.  The other students learned a little more about mercy and grace.

The power of mercy to transform us is incredible.  When we really realize that we have been chosen, it changes us to our core.  No behavior modification or discipline technique comes even remotely close to the power of grace and mercy.  

Lord, may we see that you have chosen us.  May we rest in your arms.  May we learn grace and mercy from your example.  May we share it with those around us.  Amen.

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