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Suzanne, A partial excerpt from Meditations that I keep on the corkboard next to my office computer.
Being merciful truly is a blessed way to live. To understand why, all you need to do is remember why you show mercy in the first place. It's because of the mercy you've received from God. His forgiveness leads you to forgive. His pity fills you with pity for others [general concept-added by me]. The world may tell you your just a fool, setting yourself up for disappointment and abuse (how often haven't we thought that ourselves?), but Jesus tells us differently: when you show mercy, you're blessed. Don't be afraid to do just that. And sometimes, dear Christian, you will be taken advantage of. That's okay; the Jesus who was taken advantage of first will always keep his promise to show mercy on you.
May God bless the Laboy family.