Mercy – a word if practiced will transform any marriage. Good marriages thrive on mercy – struggling marriages lack it. What exactly does mercy look like in our daily lives as husband and wife?
Paul Tripp in his excellent book, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, says:
Mercy is driven by three character qualities:
Compassion – compassion is a deep awareness of another’s suffering that leads to a desire to help. Compassion sees beyond one’s own difficulties to care about the difficulties of others.
Forgiveness – forgiveness pardons a person for an offense without treating him like a criminal or harboring resentment against him.
Forbearance – forbearance is patience under provocation. It is willing to stand alongside someone in trouble even though it makes life more difficult.
Mercy looks at the trouble of others and cares, acts, forgives and perseveres. (pg. 136)
Marriage is the most important relationship we have in this life for it represents Christ’s relationship to His Bride – the Church. Having received such mercy from Him, let’s purpose to practice this virtue as husband and wife.
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful;” Psalm 18:25