“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. ~ Matthew 8:8, The Lockman Foundation. New American Standard Bible – NASB 1995 (Without Translators’ Notes) . The Lockman Foundation. Kindle Edition.
The question of how to approach the man we hated will arise. It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults. Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth. It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us. We go to him in a helpful and forgiving spirit, confessing our former ill feeling and expressing our regret. Under no condition do we criticize such a person or argue. Simply we tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past. ~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition. A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Mercy is benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness
in a variety of ethical, religious, social, and legal contexts.
In the social and legal context,
mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior
on the part of those in power,
or on the part of a humanitarian third party.
Mercy is treating others as you would want
others treating you. Mercy is love, identifying
with the other person, wanting for them
what you would want for yourself.
Blessed are the merciful, for they receive mercy!