St. James in his New Testament Letter offers us a compelling reason to practice mercy:
This is the Reading from the Morning Prayer in today’s Liturgy of the Hours:
James 2:13: “For the judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.”
“Mercy” can be directly related to practicing forgiveness, and this is connected to the Lord’s Prayer verse in which Jesus essentially connects your desire for God’s forgiveness with you forgiving others:
Matthew 6:14-15: “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
You show mercy to others and it will be shown to you.
Forgiveness does not mean, at least to me, reconciliation with the person or people who have offended or hurt you. It may mean cutting the emotional ties and resentment over the deed they have done. You may pray for them and offer up sufferings for their salvation, but reconciliation may be too much to handle and cope with.
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