“Following Jesus,” Friend, June 2013, 12–13
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
To be merciful is to treat someone with patience and love, instead of being judgmental or harsh. Through His example, Jesus Christ taught us how to be merciful. Some men once brought a woman to Jesus and said they wanted to punish her for something bad she had done. Even though the woman had sinned and needed to repent, Jesus did not let the men hurt her. Instead, He showed the woman mercy by saying, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).
Challenge 1: Smile at someone in school or in Primary who needs a friend.
Challenge 2: Offer to do something fun with a friend or sibling and let them choose the activity.
Challenge 3: At school or in Primary, sit by someone who is sitting alone. Talk, be friendly, and get to know him or her better.