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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
...Matthew 5:7

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy." ...Micah 7:18

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus." ...Ephesians 2:4,7

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do....." ...Luke 23:34


If God is so rich in mercy, why does most of the world think of Him as ready to punish and throw people in a hell fire? Somebody out there teaching an alternate gospel?

Are there sins that can't be forgiven? Are there people who just are so bad they are unforgiveable? No!

Mercy is a character quality that is good, kind, forbearing and favorable to another and has with it compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power. 
    The reason why we need mercy and have opportunity for expressing mercy to others is because we.all.do that which is wrong. 
    Instead of being upset with someone because they have done wrong, view it as an opportunity to be merciful and forgiving. 
    But do we forgive even if they are unrepentant, even if they are still the same? Certainly, forgive those who are sorry for what they have done -Luke 17:3 ".....If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him and if he repent-(change), forgive him.(treat him as though nothing ever happened)."; but also those who aren't -
Luke 17:4 "And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." 1Corinthians 4:12,13 ".....being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it;...being defamed, we intreat....." If God says this, is He not like that?
    But how can you be sure you are free of an unforgiving attitude of resentment. And more importantly, how can one be sure that he is forgiven? -Ephesians 4:32.

We all do bad things and wonder why later we did them – "Why did I do a thing like that?" "I didn't mean to do that." "What on earth made me do it?" "I didn't mean to do that." Have you said or heard any of these? Why we are like that.
    Mercy has always been God's character -Genesis 8:21.(here God makes a decision about man after having considered the overview of his life). 
    In the Holy of Holies in the OT, in the innermost part of the ancient temple or tabernacle, was a Mercy Seat, not a judgement seat. 
    Forgiveness is the act of forgiving or, giving for another that which keeps him in a right stead with you after he has done something to separate the relationship. Forgiveness involves the giving up of resentment of or claim to requital.(forgive an insult), granting relief from payment of.(forgive a debt).

Law has no mercy. Law demands a penalty. Law is based more on regulations than love. With law comes a searching for wrong, a negatively inclined measurement stick.
    Judgement can have much mercy. A kind heart seeks for ways to show mercy. Mercy is of God. Many court judges have much mercy. One showing mercy is showing the very character of the Almighty God who is forgiving, merciful and kind. 

God allows much but deals with peoples' errors through others who adhere to high character principles.
    A recent (November '97) case in the news showing mercy was that of Joanne Woodward and the judge that had the courage to follow what he felt inside, in spite of so many thinking otherwise. This judge – Hiller Zobel in Massachusetts, obviously felt strongly about his insight, sensing the sureness of what he felt that would be of benefit to another. 
    God can and does work in human beings who have decided upon higher character qualities. This helps to expose many others to mercy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness. 
    We as Christians should be praying for such people in power (1Timothy 2:1-3), that they will have the wisdom to make decisions to the benefit of those concerned. Many leaders are doing their best for the cause of peace for all
    George Bush, President of the United States of America, Ralph Klein, Premier of the Province of Alberta, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Tony Blair of England and leaders in other high positions that you know of and those in other countries where you may live, need your prayers.
    Perhaps if the people in ancient times had prayed for King David, horrible weaknesses that he had would not have had such a negative effect upon him.
    Strong leaders often come with strong weaknesses. Would you rather have a weak leader?-...continue?

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