"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7
News Flash: Nobody is perfect. Parents, your children aren't perfect. Children, your parents are perfect. Your spouse isn't perfect. Your boss isn't perfect. Your employees aren't perfect. Your relatives, your friends, your acquaintances aren't perfect. Government officials, our leaders, our spiritual leaders aren't perfect. Nobody is perfect. Nobody does everything right all the time.
We all make mistakes. We all mess up. We all do things we should not have done, say things we should not have said, make choices we should not have made. It is because we are not perfect. We are "flawed" people. We were perfect before sin came into the world through Adam. But the presence of sin took that away.
There is only One perfect and that is Jesus. While, as Christians we are conforming and being transformed into His image, we haven't arrived into that state of perfection. We are in a process of doing so, but it will not be totally accomplished, and completed, until the day when this mortality puts on immortality and this corruptible flesh puts on incorruption.
So in the meantime, because we are all in the "imperfect boat" and living a life of "could of, should of, would of" we need mercy. We need mercy because of our mistakes and imperfections. We need to be shown mercy. But in order to receive mercy ourselves, we must be willing to give mercy. Mercy is a two-way street. If we aren't willing to extend mercy to those who need it, to those who have done wrong, to those who have messed up, to those who aren't doing what we think they should do, to those who aren't making the best choices, to those who aren't lining up with the right way, then we will be cutting off our own mercy. It is a reaping and sowing principle.
Have a great day. When we are unwilling to show mercy to someone because of the speck in their eye, don't forget that there may be a log in our own eye.
1 Corinthians 15:53