Today’s Scripture: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:36

When Thomas Edison was working on improving his first electric lightbulb, the story goes that he handed the finished lightbulb to a young helper who nervously carried it upstairs, step by step. At the last possible moment, the boy dropped it-requiring the whole team to work another twenty-four hours to make a second bulb. When it was finished, Edison looked around, and then handed it to the same boy. The gesture probably changed the boy’s life. Edison realized that more than a bulb was at stake.

Have you ever thought about how patient God is with us, His dear children? What if every time we made a mistake, He gave up on us? There would not be a single person living for Christ.

Knowing the mercy of God, how merciful are we to the people we deal with on an everyday basis? How many chances do we give the people serving us? In our journey towards Christlikeness, we cannot forget the one attribute that endears Him to mankind-His mercy. If we desire to be like Him, we must be merciful like Him as well.

Today, someone around you will make a mistake. They will goof up and disappoint you. Your child might break a lamp. Your employee might cost you money. Your wife might burn dinner. Will you fly off the handle, or will you give them a second chance?

Before you do, think of the chances your Heavenly Father has given you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder