We have been dwelling on mercy for a while as we go through the Word on the subject. Let us stay with it, realizing that in the end, it is not how much you know, but how well you know what you know. We can meditate on the same thing over and over until it changes us. We must learn to go beyond just feeling good about the Word. The Word needs to become flesh in us. It needs to become a part of who we are until we can see the difference it has made in our lives, and others can see it too.

Matthew 23:23 NKJV  

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Jesus was constantly harassed by religious leaders who wanted to accuse Him of improper behavior. They considered themselves to be righteous, keepers of God's law. Jesus pointed out that indeed they were very careful to follow the letter of the law in areas where their actions could be displayed, but there were more important things they failed to fulfill. He did not suggest they do one or the other. He said both needed attention, but more emphasis needed to be placed on certain matters. Among those things that needed priority was mercy. We need a periodic self check on how we are doing in this area.

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