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The Constructive Displeasure of Mercy
“The Constructive Displeasure of Mercy.” What a curious title! I find it so mysterious—and intriguing. How is mercy a “displeasure”? Usually we think of mercy as extending our hand to someone who is powerless, and that is a good thing. But David Powlison tackles it from a different angle: extending mercy when you have been unjustly and wrongly attacked. In that situation, mercy can be a sting and a great “displeasure.” Yet mercy, instead of anger or retaliation, is the constructive way forward.
“Rather than sounding the alarm, calling up the troops, and leaping into hostile action, you carefully take a different approach. You bear with people, rather than counterattacking.”
I was challenged and convicted by this article. We all know what it is like to get hurt by another person, but learning to respond mercifully is not something that comes naturally to any of us. This article can help you to grow in Christ-likeness for the times that God calls you to show mercy to those who have wronged you. To purchase and download, here is the link to access it.
This article is also used in Dr. Powlison’s “Dynamics of Biblical Change” course. To read more about this course, visit us at ccef.org/courses.
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