"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Optimists teach their kids the Golden Rule, but pessimists say that if you’re kind to others they’ll kick you in the face. The lack of civility has become a problem in culture, as more people embrace the pessimists than the optimists. But God’s people align with Christ, no matter how wavering the bright-siders, nor how glum the nay-sayers. Jesus doesn’t merely command mercy, but attaches a promise. We don’t look for reciprocity from other people. The mercy Christ’s followers receive comes from God, the Judge of the universe.
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