The Battle of the Alamo is one of the formative battles in Texas history and is remembered around the world. Santa Anna, the Mexican General signaled his intentions by playing El Deguello as the bugle call. There would be no mercy. In the final battle, there was no mercy and all the defenders of the Alamo were killed.
Mercy, of course, is what we expect from others, but aren’t often willing to give. (If you don’t believe that’s true about you, let me ask about how you drive at rush hour when you are in a hurry to get to work.) When it comes to our sins, though, we agree with David who cried out “To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:” (Psalm 30:8)
As David recounted how God brought mercy, we should all be reminded that God does extend His mercy to us. He deals with us not by giving us what we deserve, but by giving us mercy. Where we should expect judgment and wrath for our sins, we get mercy and grace.
There is an expectation when we are given mercy; it is that we ourselves are to be merciful. Jesus told the story of a man who was forgiven ten years wages worth of debts by a ruler. This man then turned around and had a guy who owed him a couple of days wages in prison because of the debt. The ruler was not happy and the guy forgiven so much ended up in prison also. If we have truly received mercy and if God has changed our lives with His mercy – we will show mercy to others. It should be part of our spiritual DNA
Lord, I have received such great mercy. I have done nothing to deserve Your mercy. Please help me to show mercy to others. Calm my temper, ease my mind, and let me show Your love to others.