Five Minute Friday: Mercy

The thing about mercy that makes it at once so powerful and so frustrating is that it’s not fair. It takes all fairness out of the equation. Those who receive mercy are let out of something and those give it give up something they should rightfully have.

Mercy turns the idea of fairness on it’s head. Maybe this is why Jesus talked about it so much.

He was always doing things that were counter cultural – out of the box – weird, even. Jesus seemed like He loved to shock people by doing something unexpected.

Like having mercy on the woman caught in adultery. I’m sure all those pompous religious leaders who were about to murder her were giddy with anticipation, waiting for Jesus pat them on the back and hold the woman to the law they knew so well.

Imagine their shock when He did the opposite of what their beloved law required. They must have had to struggle so hard not to show their disappointment.


This is my first time participating in Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday community. I stumbled across it on a random blog and was intrigued by the idea of writing with no editing.

Two things. 1. Apparently I’m a really slow writer. The time went much quicker than I anticipated so my post was way shorter than I expected. 2. I need to write more about myself and my experiences and less about … well, less preachy. Amen.

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5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Mercy

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  1. Great first Five Minute Friday! Don’t worry, mine are always short too. Sometimes short is really, really nice though. It’s freeing knowing that it’s just five minutes and it doesn’t matter how long it is! 🙂 And Jesus was definitley the first original shock jockey. I love it. 🙂

    1. I agree – mine are usually short too! I think maybe we sometimes judge ourselves too hard (we need to be merciful to ourselves, right?). Dawn, I love your shock jockey comment.
      Becky, you did a great job expressing mercy in 5 minutes. Welcome to the FMF family!

  2. So glad you found Lisa-Jo and joined the Five Minute Friday crew!! I totally understand you’re “two things” but even so you are so right in what you wrote and I love the thought provoking twist of your last line. Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you linking up again next week. Blessings on the journey from another Becky. 🙂

  3. Great first 5MF post! I wish I could write more devotionally or preachy with mine, but most of mine end up being really personal. So strange how that happens. Glad you joined and hope to see you again!

  4. Wow, thank you for your comments. It truly does feel like a community, so thanks for being so welcoming! I am looking forward to the next one.

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