“… When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. ‘Get up’, he said. ‘Don’t be afraid’. When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.”  (Matthew 17:6-8, NIV)

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Jesus led three of His disciples up a mountain where He suddenly transformed right before their eyes! “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” And if that wasn’t enough, “… there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”

Can you imagine? Someone you had followed for the past three years suddenly changed appearance and was talking with two dead guys!

Probably not knowing what to do or say in this situation, Peter speaks up, “… If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

Not only does God the Almighty interrupt Peter, but He speaks from a cloud which came down and encircled them, “‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.”

Who wouldn’t be terrified? God’s voice probably sounded like a reprimand. They were afraid for their lives!

What does Jesus do? He exhibits mercy and love. While they are laying face down on the ground, Jesus bends down and touches them with a loving hand and says, “Don’t be afraid.”

Mercy is an act of love. When we show mercy we offer compassion and understanding even when it isn’t necessarily deserved.

The next time someone slips up in a meeting, makes an embarrassing mistake, or forgets to live up to a promise, don’t turn away from them or reject them – offer the gentle touch of Jesus’ hand and help him or her back up.

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Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

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7 Comments on “SHOW A LITTLE MERCY!”

  1. Awesome Post. Just what I needed this morning!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. […] “… When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came Source: God Blogs […]


  3. Brook Says:

    *Thank you* for the reminder of mercy.


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