Our current culture loves to point out people’s failings. It makes us feel strong, righteous. But how often do we really know why others act–or fail to act–the way they do? Before we ridicule or punish people, maybe we need to try better to understand them, to listen before we pronounce “justice” on them. Because when we work to understand others, “old-fashioned” virtues like forbearance and mercy suddenly start to look like what really they are: our greatest strengths.
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Three months ago, if you asked me, I would have told you that if you really loved someone, you’d let them go. But now…I see that I’ve been wrong. If you really love someone…I think you have to take them back.” ~Jodi Picoult (Mercy)
“The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.” ~Sue Monk Kidd
“Love, Mercy, and Grace, sisters all, attend your wounds of silence and hope.” ~Aberjhani
“My father never taught me mercy.”
“Can you not learn?” ~Leigh Bardugo