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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mercy

What is mercy? To show mercy is to lessen the expected or deserved consequences of bad actions. By its very nature, it is forgiving. Sinners always experience the love of God as mercy, because they are sinners. If some kindness were due to a person, it would be justice, not mercy. This has far-reaching implications, which we won't discuss here.

I would say we would change the world, if we knew that God's very heart is mercy. Some people are so far from understanding this that they hurt themselves, instead of seeking mercy. They know they are sinners, but rather than count themselves sinners nevertheless deeply loved, they say, "I'm so bad, no one could love me!"

That's pride, you know. It looks like piety in some, but it's the same old song. Worth some reflection.

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