“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:35-36)
Every week when I go take my drum lessons at Tom Lee in downtown, I see that same homeless bum in the parking lot in the back alley. I used to avoid him and didn’t even want to look at him. Whenever I notice him approaching me, I would quickly get my parking ticket and run off….. and I usually feel bad afterwards, since I did not treat him as a person, a human being made in the image of God.
But gradually, week after week, I started to gain some compassion on him and I would give him some spare change. I don’t know how is he doing, nor do I know how he’s spending the money I give him, but I do sincerely wish him well. I do it, not because I am certain he’s grateful, but simply because my merciful Father in heaven compels me to be merciful to those in need.
Showing mercy, actually should not be contingent upon whether the recipient is grateful or not. Being merciful should originate from our character, as we are sons and daughters of the merciful God.