The Way


May compassion guide our words and actions.

(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.”


The Pharisees condemned Jesus’ followers for picking the heads of grain and eating them on the Sabbath which was against the religious rules.

This rule was made so people would set aside all their work to honor God on the Sabbath. The rule was well-intentioned.

But there was a reason why Jesus’ followers were breaking the rule: They had had nothing to eat and were hungry.

With Jesus…mercy and compassion overruled the rule!

Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea (Hosea 6:6) to the Pharisees…but to no avail.

They are black and white thinkers. They are incapable of thinking beyond their either-or, dualistic minds.

For Jesus…the “letter of the law” always deferred to the “way of love.”

It’s not about how well we follow the rules. It’s not about being right…but about being in right relationship with God and our neighbor.

It’s about a way of life.

That’s why the first followers of Jesus were called followers of “the Way” (Acts 9:2).

We are called to temper all rules with mercy and compassion…but don’t be surprised if you get criticized and ridiculed when you do.

Jesus promised his followers that they’d be persecuted (Matthew 24:9). But he also promised them they would have “abundant life” (John 10:10).

This is the way of love.


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

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at by clicking HERE.

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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