255. Show Mercy

the good samaritanPicture to left: The Good Samaritan

We all encounter troublesome people: those who rub us the wrong way. When they come into our lives, we have two choices  – judge them or show mercy. I have learned from the Epistle of James to be slow to judge but quick to show mercy, for mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:130.

What does this have to do with depression and other dark places? Have you not noticed that those who judge others harshly are themselves most miserable, and those who show mercy to all are themselves most happy?

Choosing mercy over judgment was one of the ingredients that drew me out of major depression, for it freed my mind from negative ruminations to focus on the blessings around me, even troublesome people.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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