Love Transforms Lives


When faced with difficult issues…weigh your decisions with mercy.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE)


Matthew 12:7
If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men.


Jesus continues his lesson today on mercy.

His followers were picking beads of grain and eating them on the Sabbath. Such “reaping” on the Sabbath was forbidden by religious law.

But the scripture says that his followers were “hungry.”

The religious leaders called Jesus to task for allowing them to break the law.

But for Jesus, love and mercy always overruled the law.

His followers were hungry…therefore the loving and merciful response was to allow them to eat.

Laws are necessary to provide stability and avoid chaos as well as to give us a good foundation…but rigidly following them can make you heartless and cruel.

Following laws does not win you favor with God. You already have favor by being God’s beloved daughter or son.

Notice how quickly Jesus disregarded the law in favor of mercy in regard to his hungry followers.

It was not an “either-or” decision for Jesus…but rather a “both-and”.

He could both respect the law…and break it when love demanded it.

Are you able to do the same?


Listen to my song of the day “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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