When people interact together, it is only a matter of time before some type of conflict will wise. When the interaction involves one person trying to instruct or mentor another, the chances of it occurring increase.
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to lead someone who continually struggles to either keep up or perform as expected. So, what should our response be?
When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. (Psalms 94:18)
As we strive to trust God and walk in his ways, how does he respond when we falter? He doesn’t attack or pound us down, but instead holds us up by his mercy.
When people are struggling, our response toward them should be the same. We should respond with mercy. There is a difference between struggling and refusing. When people struggle, they are striving to accomplish or perform as expected, but yet still need support. We love it when people show mercy towards us and especially when we receive it from God. His dealings with us are a pattern or model for us to follow.
Patience is still a virtue. So at work, be patient and show mercy. As you raise your children, remember mercy. Mercy is like a fertilizer. When it is used correctly, it will enhance the growth of your relationships. Without mercy, relationships can die. If you want to make a great difference by helping people, you need to exercise mercy.