Pr. 11:17: “The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.”
Well, I could walk around kicking puppies and stepping on people’s feet, but with an already fractured shin, I would not only hurt them, but further hinder my own recovery and possibly injure myself even more. The same is true for any cruelty.
Showing mercy is like this heating pad on my knee…not only does it keep me from hurting others (since I’m sitting in one spot, minding my own shortcomings), but it brings warmth, comfort, and relief as my body is healing.
Just thinking out loud,