Learning To Be Merciful


What exactly does it mean?

It is defined as:
compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
“the boy was screaming and begging for mercy”


I’m not quite sure I’ve really understood the meaning of this word til now. I looked it up because mercy to me had always been explained to be something like thankfulness. But thankfulness and mercifulness has a bit of a different ring to it. Mercifulness is a thankfulness that comes after realizing everything that you have, or things that you’ve lost. Its more than just being thankful. Its forgiving those that have hurt you, its having compassion for those that seem to not have any for others. It’s a sudden change of heart, it’s a sudden realization and appreciation for the very air your breath. It’s a sorrowful thankfulness. Its one that comes after being tested and pushed to your very limits. Its humbling to the point that it should take all arrogance out of every word you speak.


We all pray for a merciful God that will pardon all of our sins. We pray because we need to. We realize that as breath and life were given to us, it can easily be taken away without warning or reason. Having a merciful heart is so much more than just being thankful.  Its seeing others in the same light and realizing they are just like you, trying to get thru each day. Forgiveness is what it’s all about. After all, that is what we hope the Good Lord will do for us when we stand before him. We hope he will have mercy on us. Should we not toward others as well?


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9 thoughts on “Learning To Be Merciful

  1. Such amazing words, I love this: “Its humbling to the point that it should take all arrogance out of every word you speak.” Such a powerful realization, thank you!!

  2. In the Book of Hebrews it says: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Mercy is getting what we don’t deserve at someone else’s expense…and I think that to follow Him means, we need to learn to do the same. And that’s when Grace walks right in- Our God is an empowering God- He helps us- Love your honest, seeking heart, Heather. I am learning, too. Not so easy but POSSIBLE because of His mercy, grace and example!

  3. You know, this is one of “my things”. Our Heavenly Father is very forgiving and loving. I can’t even imagine the amount of love. I love my kids so much, I can’t imagine a love greater.

    Yes, that’s how he feels for us. And we disappoint him almost every second of the day.

    The thing I don’t understand is what being truly repentant means. People think that they can say sorry and just go on, and saying sorry to our dear Heavenly Father means so much more. It means pain, it means confession the sin to the person it offended. Yes…to truly repent, you must confess. Can you imagine how difficult that would be? Just imagine? If you stepped out on your spouse, standing in front of him/her telling him or her what you did – and living through the pain. I can’t imagine. I don’t know anybody that does it – yet they think they are forgiven because they say sorry?

    I think you literally have to have pain in your brain, in your heart, in your soul.

    Saying sorry is a difficult and complicated thing. Depending upon the seriousness of the sin. You murder, it’s not I’m sorry and your are forgiven, you know what I mean?


    Thanks for this lovely post and thanks so much for linking up with us at the Mommy Monday Blog Hop!

  4. Thanks Rosey, for stopping by. I think we always just need to remind us that God does give us certain gifts and we can be proud that we utilize those gifts, but we need to be humble enough to realize those gifts come from him. All of our accomplishments are achieved with the gifts “He” gives us.

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