Jesus invites us to act like a child of God. To act as a child is to imitate the Father who “is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked”. Yet here the question arises; what about justice? Shouldn’t evil doers be punished and disciplined?
There is a time to judge and to discipline, but this must all be done in the same way that the Father does: with love. Especially in today’s age of “tolerance” and “anything goes” attitude we need to make sure that we are not slipping away from our responsibility to correct and to discipline. Mercy and justice go together. It is by God’s justice that we are shown mercy. In other words, Jesus in His mercy took on the punishment that we were due for our sins.
Like our Lord, we can and should be angry when there is injustice. We should hate evil and lies. But this is all done in love, for love, and withlove. In becoming like our heavenly Father we always love the person, for their own good. How we do this is different according to the person and the situation.
This invitation of Jesus is radical. We may have to go against habits and ingrained ways of thinking and acting. It may seem very strange at first. In fact, it’s not in our broken human nature to love unconditionally. It’s only by the grace of God that we are able to. This is a grace we can ask for and beg for.
Try and see what happens — three steps.
First, pray for the grace to love as God loves: pray for the grace to kind to all, to be compassionate, just, and merciful. Feel free to add other petitions.
Secondly, just do it: put it into practice
Thirdly, repeat the first two steps.
Do this over and over and you will become like your heavenly Father. You will go from grace to grace and be given so much more than you could ever imagine: “a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap”.