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Mercy To The Villains

Posted: Friday, June 2

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Samuel 19:11-20:13
John 21:1-25
Psalm 120:1-7
Proverbs 16:16-17

Verse of the day:

All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me by allowing me to eat at your own table! What more can I ask?” (1 Samuel 19:28)

Take a second to think of your favorite villain from a book, movie, or tv show. Got it? Now picture in your mind’s eye the act or terror they enacted. I’m thinking about Darth Vader. 

That guy blew up a planet with the Death Star, force choked people, and tortured his 19 year old daughter. What a bad dude. Maybe you thought of Cruella Di Vil. She wanted to skin those poor Dalmatians! Maybe you thought of the shark from Jaws. That was one bad fish. Now picture a real life villain. Someone who actually existed and did actual bad things to real people. Maybe you’re thinking of Osama Bin Laden, or Hitler, or someone that did something awful to your family. 


Now picture giving those people, whether fiction or real, mercy. Whatever they did, they are able to walk off scott free. Even after all of the terrible things they did, all of the hurt they caused, all of the lives destroyed they are set free with no consequences. That’s hard, unjust, and to some down right evil. In the history of the Bible, that’s what David did when he was merciful to Mephibosheth. 


David’s greatest enemy, his predecessor King Saul, hunted David like an animal. He tried to kill him multiple times, attempted to ruin David’s reputation, and made David’s life miserable for many years. Yet, when David met Saul’s son Mephibosheth and had all the power and authority to kill him, he showed him mercy. When we read the story we’re in awe of what David did. We even applaud and root for David when he does this! But can we show the same act of mercy to our villains? Can we be as kind and lenient to the people that hurt us? 


It’s hard and feels completely wrong, but the fact that David could do it and that Jesus treats us that way makes me feel like I ought to do the same! I’m not saying that Hitler and Bin Laden should have been set free, because some people are so bent to do evil that they cannot be free. As you think about your past and those that will offend or hurt you in the future, will you be willing like David and Jesus to show mercy to your villains?