Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What Shall We Give?

How About Mercy?

In the past few weeks I have come to see and feel mercy.
Mercy is one of those words associated with the Savior and His Atonement.
It is about feeling His love in our lives through blessings, prayers answered, forgiveness, repentance. 
Mercy is the greatest, most loving gift someone may give you or you may give to someone else.
It is showing an outpouring of love and/or forgiveness when justice or a punishment was expected.
OR...showing compassion to someone who is hurting.
Mercy may feel undeserving.  How is this possible? or Why me?

When the Savior or someone else shows mercy for us, we may feel we don't deserve it.


What is mercy?

  • Every blessing we receive is an act of mercy.
  • We are recipients of divine mercy when Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.
  • When we receive guidance from the Holy Ghost mercy is being shown to us
  • We receive mercy when we are healed from sickness through priesthood power
  • Mercy is given to us when justice or punishment was deserved or expected.
Although many such blessings come as results of our obedience, we could never receive them through our efforts alone. They are merciful gifts from a loving and compassionate Father.                                                                                                   [True to the Faith]

other thoughts on mercy...

Mercy is like a judge finding you guilty, but then withholding any punishment. Grace is getting something you could never have imagined. An inexplicable gift.

Mercy is not simply the withholding of punishment, but an act of mercy is giving help or compassion on someone afflicted.

When we have mercy, we are the most like Christ we will ever be.  Mercy is His specialty.  When we choose to be merciful, we are like the Savior. 

Speaking to His disciples, the Savior commanded: “Be ye . . . merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). We can follow our Heavenly Father's example of mercy in our relationships with others. We can strive to rid our life of arrogance, pride, and conceit. We can seek ways to be compassionate, respectful, forgiving, gentle, and patient, even when we are aware of others' shortcomings.   [True to the Faith]
Talks on mercy:
Scriptures on mercy:
Luke 10:25-37
Alma 34:14-16