"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8
Recently, I have felt convicted about my attitude towards Mr. X. In my anger towards the actions of his character, I have wanted only one thing: Justice.
And then I realized something that in all my interactions with Mr. X, I had overlooked:
Jesus died for Mr. X.
Christ died for the just and the unjust. There you have it. There has been something missing from my equation: Mercy.
[Mr.] X = Justice + Mercy + Humility
Mr. X has a sin problem. And guess what? I have a sin problem.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Wow. That's convicting. Showing mercy doesn't mean I now have to turn over and become a doormat. But it also doesn't allow me the right to maintain a heart of bitterness. That's something I need to deal with in myself, with God.
Fortunately, things have gotten slightly better because Mr. X hasn't been getting away with as much. But honestly, that shouldn't even matter. My attitude should still be one of acting justly and loving mercy. I can't control his actions, only my attitudes and reactions to the behaviors. Still, I'm thankful that the Lord has allowed me a glimpse of Mr. X through His eyes of mercy.