Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.133 – Be Merciful

Proverbs 12: King James Bible

Be Merciful – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verse 10

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Be Merciful

Here’s another comparison between the righteous and the wicked. But the focus of this verse, is a topic that we’ve not yet covered here in the book of Proverbs yet.

And the focus being driven home here, is mercy. For the righteous to have regard of his beast, he’s got to have a degree of mercy, that surpasses the kind of mercy that one would expect toward anyone.

Anyone can be merciful to their family members. Right? Anyone can have mercy toward anyone close to them. But the verse above takes it to a different level, that spills over the tabletop of everyday mercy.

Why is it important to the Father, to have included mercy toward someone’s beast (beast of burden, pet, etc.), along with all else he’s tucked away for us to glean from? I can come up with a few different reasons.

One reason would be, that all things are created by the Lord, and though we are considered his favorite creation, doesn’t mean he doesn’t take care for all other animals out there. More than once, Jesus himself used the Lord’s care for animals to drive home a point.

Another thing to think about, is that there is no particularly attractive or cute and fuzzy beast of burden (at least not in my opinion). To care about and be merciful toward a bull, or a yak, for example, wouldn’t come as naturally as it may with a kitten or puppy.

What I’m getting at is, having put on the nature of the Lord himself, mercy should extend to levels that we’d not otherwise ever consider. Even toward things that might not be all that easy to be merciful toward.

Another reason, is that it’s wise to regard the life of your beast, particularly when that beast is working for you somehow. I’ve never actually taken part of being on a farm (dairy for example), or anyplace that would use animals to get things done.

However, I’ve had more pets than anyone else that I know. And I do know, that you can achieve similar things through reward or cruelty. You can beat a dog into submission, or you can reward a dog into wanting to do what you want it to do. One is merciful, the other cruel.

Which method would you think the Father would prefer for us to use, even on the beasts of the field or the birds of the air? Well, let me ask differently. Which method would you prefer the Father to use toward you? Be merciful, even as your Father in Heaven is merciful.


Related New Testament Scripture

Luke 6: King James Bible

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Hebrews 2: King James Bible

17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 8: King James Bible

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.



Thank you for your mercy toward us, and for having regard for everything about us. You’re mercy is far beyond what we can even begin to understand, and we thank you for all of it, that you’ve shed abroad in our hearts. Please cause for us to be merciful, because you are merciful. Teach us to be patient, as you are patient. We long to be more like you, as you are our goal in all things. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Have you ever fallen short, when you’ve been given an opportunity to be merciful?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.133 – Be Merciful”

  1. Hi Brian,
    Hebrews 8: 12. What great mercy is shown to us from our Father, to not only forgive but to not remember our sins & unrighteousness.
    If only I could forget after having forgiven. I don’t dwell on such, but it is in my computer mind. I have forgotten kindnesses I have done, which I am glad of, less I should boast. Why do I remember one & not the other. Some may say I have not forgiven completely. That may have been true in some cases, at one time, but not all. Like so many in my elderly years I have forgiven all I can think of & hold no grudges, & made amends with those that were willing to receive my action. So why this delima of memories of disagreementS & hurt come up?
    I suppose it is Satan’s way of trying to trip me up to open old wounds. They have been heald by Jesus. Thank you LORD.

    • Hi there Janet,
      That’s exactly what’s going on. The enemy does everything he can to get his mits on our minds. There is a page I did a while ago that you may want to check out concerning this kind of thing, called “The Helmet of Salvation.” I think you’ll enjoy that one.
      Thanks for checking this one out, and for your comment! May the Lord bless you mightily in Jesus name!


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