Thought of the Day March 21, 2018 Mercy and justice

By 9:26 AM

There is a story told about a mother who came to Napoleon on behalf of her son who was about to be executed. The mother asked the ruler to issue a pardon on behalf of her son, but Napoleon pointed out that it was the man's second offense, and justice demanded death. "I don't ask for justice," the woman replied. "I plead for mercy." The emperor objected, "But your son doesn't deserve mercy." "Sir," the mother replied, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask." Her son was granted the pardon.

There is a time and place for justice and mercy. Micah 6:8 "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." I believe that acting justly and being merciful are going to flow from us walking humbly with God. There is a time for justice and a time for mercy. When we are humbly walking with God we will know the difference.

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