Luke 6:36-42

There is only one school in which mercy is learned and that is the school of Jesus. Here we are first taught to know our sinful self, to see the “beam” in our own eye. Then, however, we experience the Savior’s forgiving mercy to those who flee from self to His salvation. Paul’s self-estimate, “chief of sinners” (1 Tim. 1: 15), is repeated in perfect honesty by all pupils in the school of Jesus. With severity towards self there is coupled in them charity towards others. In thanks for mercy received the pupil follows in the paths of his merciful Teacher and Savior, seeking to show mercy with tongue, heart, and hands.  Victor Bartling