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Common Confusion: Compassion vs Mercy

Written by Dallas Pepper on March 29th, 2016.

There are some things that are commonly confused. In this series I will attempt to address some of them.

A person sees a sick baby left alone by a dumpster. They take it in and nurse it back to heath. Is that an act of mercy? No. It is a beautiful act of compassion but the baby wasn't guilty of any wrong. Now if that baby was instead a criminal then it is mercy. Mercy goes beyond compassion to love those that do not deserve it. All the compassion in the world does not release us from the command to show mercy. I'll confess, mercy is hard for me. It goes against nature. Fortunately it is something Jesus will help us with. What can't be done naturally the Holy Spirit will help us do supernaturally.

“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him....Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness....And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on his. When he tells us to love our enemies, he gives along with the command, the love itself.”
- Corrie Ten Boom


For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. - James 2:13

For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! - Romans 5:10

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you - Matthew 5:44



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