Movie and a Message: Show Mercy – Aquaman

Have you ever met a person who can turn anything into a message? Well that’s me and movies are no exception. The latest movie I saw was Aquaman and it was really good. This blog will include spoiler alerts so if you don’t want the element of surprise to be ruined then I suggest you read this after you see it.

Let’s Get Into The Movie

So here we go. There was one theme that I just could not stop thinking about after this movie and it was…. MERCY. You see a lot of the conflict within the movie steamed from a lack of mercy. First of all Aquaman grew up without his mother which left a void in his heart because the people of Atlantis showed his mother no mercy and sent her to be executed for creating a half-breed with a human (Conflict #1).

Then conflict #2 begins when Aquaman is stopping a group of pirates from hijacking a submarine. A heavy missile falls on the leader of the pirates and his son (David) asks Aquaman for help since the missile was too heavy for him to lift and his father was about to drown. Aquaman chose not to show mercy to David’s father . Then after his father died David made it his one mission in life to kill Aquaman and for the rest of the movie and even possibly the sequel David will be a thorn in Aquaman’s side. All because there was no mercy.

The Lesson

As the movie progressed Aquaman’s character matured. During the movie he did have a major conflict with his half brother Orm, King of Atlantis, however by the end of the movie he learned a valuable lesson and decided to show mercy to his half brother and not have him executed after he defeated him. Orm was shocked and said, “But that’s not our way!” And that is the line that stuck with me.

Orm was right. That’s not our way and it’s not the way of the world. Naturally we want to hold grudges and keep a mental record of all the reasons why someone doesn’t deserve a pass. We often listen to music and watch TV shows that only feed into the unforgiving nature of our flesh. Below I’ve listed a few reasons why we should show mercy and forgive others.

3 Reasons Why We Should Show Mercy

  1. Jesus Says So

There are so many verses about mercy and forgiveness in the Bible. Matthew 6: 14-16 NKJV simply states, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Also read the parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18: 21-35. Both of these verses are highlighted in red because they came from the mouth of Jesus. So if Jesus says mercy and forgiveness is important and even has lasting effects throughout eternity then we should take heed and believe Him.

2. We Do Wrong Too

Yes if we ever evaluate ourselves long enough we will see that we too do wrong from time to time. All of us have fallen short in the past and will probably (actually most definitely) fall short in the future. Therefore to ensure that I have mercy when I mess up I like to live by Matthew 5:7 which says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

3. It’s What The Good Guys Do

In any legit superhero movie the hero demonstrates good character. Such character traits include honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, humility, and forgiveness. I mentioned how Aquaman showed mercy, but I also want to highlight the Black Panther. The Black Panther showed mercy to the first opponent who challenged him for the thorn. They could have fought til death, but he said there’s no need for that. Then as life would have it that very same man would show mercy to the Black Panther when he needed it most. So if you lack mercy for people then maybe you’re closer to being like the bad guys than the good guys.

Conclusion

I hope this post serves as a reminder for you to show mercy. When you show mercy that doesn’t mean that you forget what the other person has done. We don’t show mercy to people because they deserve it. The whole point of mercy is that they don’t deserve it. And when you give it to them they know that they don’t deserve it either and that’s suppose to make them grateful. When we think of the new mercies that our heavenly Father shows us everyday we should be grateful. I’m so thankful for MERCY!

Check out my previous post http://camilleawalker.com/2019/01/far-better-things-ahead-than-anything-we-leave-behind/