Inside Out: Meeting Chaos with Mercy

10755814_1508183569452425_1543478437_nPondering: When you see less outer chaos, there you will find more inner peace. A heart filled with chaos breeds a life filled with chaos. You can’t outrun on the outside that which is hurt on the inside.

When you see others, what do you see?

It’s so ironic in that for as much as we call out people for judging others and their lives, how often do we seek to reverse engineer what we are seeing? Or have we become way too accustomed to the chaos in the lives all around us? Too often, we seem to view others like we view our social media feeds… with the flick of our thumb.

Why do we walk on by? Why do we not say anything?

Why are we so quick to judge and so slow to understand that which we are really seeing?

Like surfing the feeds, we look up from time to time to click like, share, comment, tweet, repin, or hashtag. It’s all brain candy and it’s all about us and making us feel better.

As I previously wrote: When one tastes mercy, they begin to see not in others the effect of what they do, but rather the cause of what they’re doing. Certainly there are consequences for cause and effect. But for the one who has tasted mercy and has witnessed the effect of the other, their first stop is to heal, and not that of to judge.

“Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?” – Matthew 18:33

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.” – Jude 1:22

Certainly we see both, but seeing life through the lens of a heart that has tasted mercy gives one the ability to see through the effect and right to the cause. With this comes a response that seeks first to apply that which heals versus that which judges.

Perhaps in all of this, the next time I see chaos in another, I will see beyond my judgement and right into their cause. And with this, how then shall I act? How then shall you act?

It makes me think, you can’t give away something that of which you don’t already own. Perhaps I won’t truly be able to see chaos in another until I have met mercy with chaos of my own.

In this, the next time I meet the chaos of another with the judgement of my own it will serve as a notice to me that it is I too that is in need of mercy. His mercy.

I thank God that He has (time and time again) met my chaos with His mercy. Therefore, to be free of chaos, I had to begin to own mercy. We own it, because it was given to us. His mercy (time and time again).

Generally with things that we own we keep unless we seek to sell. But with mercy, we own it so that we can freely give it.

Because He has given it (time and time again.)

So why don’t we?

Pondering: When you see less outer chaos, there you will find more inner peace. A heart filled with chaos breeds a life filled with chaos. You can’t outrun on the outside that which is hurt on the inside.

Life can sure be a series of telegraphed actions if we think about it. But what will happen the next time we see it in another? What will we do?

What will happen the next time we see it in our self?

You can’t outrun on the outside that which is hurt on the inside.

Do you really want to be used by God? Then let God do His work in you. Lest that which we see in others will always be stopped short by that of which we have kept God from in ourselves.

You can’t give away something that of which you don’t already own.

So own it.

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