It is one thing to be selfish and look out only for our own interests, but it often takes on another life as we exploit others to achieve our own desires. We may feel outright entitled to getting what we want from others but mercy is not getting what you deserve.
Jesus affirmed this truth for us when he taught the parable of the unforgiving servant. He had been forgiven a great debt by his master, but refused to forgive a smaller debt owed him by his fellow servants. Jesus concluded the teaching this way, " Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:32-35)
While we may feel like others owe us a great deal, in reality, compared to what God could demand of us even the gravest of wrongs someone could do to us is petty in comparison. So fundamental to our walk with God is this idea of showing mercy to others as God does us, Jesus even included it in his instructions on how to pray, "and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." (Matthew 6:12)
So today, let's leave behind the wicked desire to get "all we have coming to us" from others. After all, God does not give to US all we have coming our way. In light of His benevolent mercy to us, we should have a heart to show mercy to others. If we don't feel this in our heart towards others, we have a responsibility to confess that to God, and ask Jesus to help heal our hearts from the wounds inflicted by others, so we can show them the same mercy we receive from God.
Father, I can admit sometimes I hold onto the pain others have caused me, and desire to get back from them all I feel I'm owed. Humble me before your throne of mercy, so I do not hold on to this desire and end up coming up short before your throne of judgement. Help me Jesus to be like you, forgiving even those who have done great injustice to me. Heal my heart by your Holy Spirit, so bitterness and envy and wickedness cannot take root there. Help me be content with the mercy I have received from you, which surpasses any mercy I can ever show to anyone else. Amen.