It is good to be merciful and generous. Psalm 112:5
I wanted to share the story of Thomas Weller to start us off. This man, 16 at the time, plowed into a snow bank during a blizzard. This blizzard left him alone and helplessly stuck. He waited, unhurt, for someone to come along. Eventually, after waiting by himself, a man finally came by in a tow truck and Thomas was able to make it home. He thought to himself, there wasn’t any other traffic tonight, that man probably saved my life.
Today, at the age of 61, Thomas, who is known as “San Diego Highway Man”, scans roads for people stranded or stuck. After 45 years, he’s had over 6,000 roadside assists. He’ll fill up your empty tank, cool your radiator, or even change your flat tire. What’s even cooler, is he accepts no pay, and only asks that you do some kind of kindness to someone else in distress.
Jesus talked to a crowd on a mountainside and told them, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” This truth is evident in Thomas Weller’s life.
In Luke 6:36 Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” To be Christ like, we need to show mercy. Titus 3:5 tells us, “God saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
Mercy can change someone’s life from defeat and darkness to hope and light. The pattern of revenge, anger, terror, ect. can be broken. Love can destroy hatred.
Someone named Ridley once decided to sit by an “outcast” at school everyday at lunch, despite the looks from others. Days went by, he started talking more, came out of his shell, and the boy told Ridley that he had decided not to commit suicide after because he was thankful to have a friend. Now the two of them enjoy Bible study together every week. Do you see how far a little act of kindness can go?