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Something I read the other day I just keep mulling over it. The article was about Justice/Fairness vs Mercy. As we are in our Year of Mercy, it caught my eye. Our human idea of Justice and Fairness is - of course - a learned thought from our childhood. If I'm good and righteous, and someone else is bad. Why does the bad son get the fatted calf in the Prodigal Son parable? Because he was lost and has returned. To many this still seems a tad unfair. The bad child squanders away his share of the fortune, comes back penniless, and willing to eat whatever scraps are thrown his way. Yet the Father is ecstatic! Nothing but the best for this Prodigal Son.
Fairness? Justice? Mercy? With 100% fairness, God would remember and punish ALL my sins. That's the other side of the two-sided coin. Would I rather have God's Mercy? Absolutely yes! When it rains, it rains on both the bad and the good. When the sun shines brightly, it does so on both bad and good. I would much rather have God's Mercy. So especially in this Year of Mercy, since God has been so Merciful to us may we be just as merciful (and forgiving) to others.
Happy Stitchery! Blessings to all!