What is the difference between mercy and forgiveness? And which one is spontaneous?
I believe that mercy is the relief of suffering and forgiveness is remembering the suffering but no longer condemning those responsible. Which is spontaneous? Well that depends on what is happening. Mercy is usually spontaneous because you see people suffering and take steps to end the suffering. However, forgiveness can also be spontaneous because you can be angry with someone over suffering they have caused and then forgive them when you realize they are suffering as well. There are so many ways that mercy and forgiveness mean basically the same thing and so many other ways that they are totally different. If I were suffering, I would want mercy to end the suffering. I try not to hate people for what they do, only hating their actions and behaviors which usually makes it easier to forgive them (although it may be a long time before that happens in some cases).
In my opinion they are different.
In my opinion, mercy is overlooking an stupidly act, forgiveness is admitting the truth and moving forward.
I think Mercy is the ability to understand the suffering or fears of another, even someone who has greatly wronged others, and act on this empathy with the temperance you'd hope others would extend you. Forgiveness, I feel, is the ability not to begrudge someone who has made you suffer.
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