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Lisa Ray Kappell
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Dear Loved Ones,


The only thing left to do is to show mercy. 

It is hard but necessary.

Mercy is love in action.

When I overlook irritations and choose to be kind to Jeremy and the kids—even when they don’t deserve it—It is good. It is being merciful.

I must let go of past hurts.

As I have kept a mental record when someone does something wrong, it only hurts me.

I am quick to remind myself that I have hurt others too. 

The Good Book, my guide, says that real love doesn’t store up hurts and offenses to be used later for revenge. When I hold on to a hurt like that, I am not being loving.

“Love is . . . never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).


Notice how “rude” and “does not hold grudges” are in the same verse.

That’s the reason people are rude: They’re reacting to a past hurt they’ve been holding on to and then taking it out on others. And when they react to a past hurt, they can’t relate to the present.

Leviticus 19:18 says, Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself”.

Are past grudges holding you hostage today? Don’t hold grudges over your spouse’s or children’s heads. And don’t tell other people about your grudges, either. Instead, just let it go.

Sometimes it’s hardest to show mercy to the people who are closest to us. But when you can let it go and be merciful, you are learning to be more like Jesus.


Gratefully Yours, 

Lisa Ray

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