Do Yourself a Favor

Michael Beck

“The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.” (Proverbs 11:17)

Those who are hard on others end up troubling themselves more than anyone else. While those who show clemency to others dispose their whole being to quietness and calm. It is not that some people see the wrongs of others more acutely. Each of us can see things we deem out of order in our surroundings. But those who cannot stand imperfection and obsess over it and can’t have peace until things are “righted,” become very tightly wound people who are themselves hard to be around. While those who have learned to take and leave their cares with God, and who have cultivated patience and compassion for others, exude a peace and pleasantness that is incredibly attractive.

Do yourself a favor – be merciful.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.