If The World Is Getting Meaner – Mercy or Justice

I have overheard conversations that it seems as though the world is getting meaner. I have to agree with one possible exception.

I have overheard conversations that it seems as though the world is getting meaner. I have to agree with one possible exception, maybe it is America getting meaner rather than the whole world. If the world is getting meaner, what can be done to reverse “meanness to kindness”?

If the world is getting meaner

I hear some blaming certain individuals for the hate and violence surrounding us. If the world is getting meaner, I don’t blame any particular leader or person for this state of being. I believe the atmosphere of hate we are immersed in has developed over many years culminating with bullying, delighting in the downfall of others, and violence.

Desire to live in a mean world?

I can’t imagine anyone desires to live in a mean world. In fact, I wonder if those who are mean, deep down desire to be kind. Maybe after an incident, meanies wonder why in the hell they were motivated to be mean.

How to treat people

If the world is getting meaner, it is probably a good idea to take a look at wise words of how to end meanness.

Judged according to how we judge

These verses are a reminder that the way we judge is the same judgment we will be judged by. I think it is very likely we would be kinder if it was logged deeper in our memories that we will be judged according to how we judge others.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Matthew 7:1-2

It may be a good idea to put these words of wisdom on the fridge to remind us numerous times a day to think before we judge.

Law of Karma

If the world is getting meaner - Along with judging, condemning or refusing to forgive others will likely come back to hurt us.  It is the law of karma.  Whatever you do to others will come back to hurt or bless yourself.
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Along with judging, condemning or refusing to forgive others will likely come back to hurt us. It is the law of karma. You get what you give. Whatever you do to others will come back to hurt or bless yourself.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Luke 6:37

If you want mercy, give mercy

There will be times each of us will want mercy. If we desire mercy, we must be merciful to others as advised in the Bible. In other words, if you want mercy, give mercy. On the other hand, if you prefer justice, the law of karma promises justice will return to you.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

Matthew 5:7.

Forgive to be forgiven

Another important Bible verse we have heard numerous times is we must forgive to be forgiven.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 6:14-15

Returning good for bad

It is very difficult to return good for bad…..

-to forgive someone who has hurt you

-to be kind when offended

-to give mercy when others seek justice

-to return love for hate

but this is what we have to do to change

-meanness to kindness

-hate to love

– violence to peace

-revenge to forgiveness.

Conclusion

It is human nature to desire revenge or to be mean when someone is mean. It is spiritual work to do the opposite. It took me a long time to understand, harboring rather than forgiving hurts myself more than anyone else.

A sense of freedom is felt when letting go of past offenses, forgiving and extending mercy with compassion leaving God, the all-knowing perfect judge, to attend to justice. It is a wonderful feeling when the power of forgiveness and mercy surge through the body generating joy.

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