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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