Monday, April 15, 2013


M is for Mercy

Definition taken from Webster's Dictionary 1828

1. That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.

The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty. Numbers.14

What does the Bible say?

  • Joel 2:13 And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. 
  • Psalm 103:8  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  • Titus 3:5  He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
  • Luke 1:50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
  • Lamentations 3:22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  • Ephesians 2:4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us;
  • Matthew 12:7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
  • Psalm 116:5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 
  • Nehemiah 9:17  They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.

  • Personally...... 

    Today I would like to provide a favorite poem by William Shakespeare

    The Quality of Mercy

    The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
    'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
    The throned monarch better than his crown.
    His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
    But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
    It is enthroned in the heart of kings;
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then show likest God's
    When mercy seasons justice.

    William Shakespeare

     Depth of Mercy performed by Selah




    S. L. Hennessy said...

    It always makes me think of Peter Pettigrew's last act in Harry Potter. The act of mercy that caused his death.

    Happy A to Z blogging.

    Anonymous said...

    Super post, most interesting and absorbing.


    Amanda Trought said...

    So glad to have stopped by, such inspiring posts. Was really blessed by the song. I have listed your blog on my N posts. Blessings, Amanda

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