Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #76 --- Mercy
Quotations on Mercy (Set No. 1)
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8.) Justice and mercy are religion's head, hands and feet; walking with God is its heart and life.
—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 1, 1934.
Mercy implies that we sow good seed in our enemy's field, even though it means that part of our own field will be left bare. It is the hardest possible action, but it is our key to God's kingdom.
—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 9, 1952.
If one really loves his neighbor he will be merciful and show it. An habitual, unrestrained inclination to harshness, cruelty and oppression is one of the worst signs of character.
The disposition one displays to the helpless, the guilty, the forsaken is often the best test of real character. Tyrants in any sphere of life are hateful to the virtuous and hated of God.
Genuine love for men will manifest itself in kindness to the poor and needy, to the friendless and the afflicted.
Love is never at a loss for some way to evidence its existence and show its helpfulness. Love can do wonders with a smile. It can weep with those that weep; it can gently smooth the pillow of the restless; it can whisper hope to the fainthearted. It can always make itself felt for good.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 23, 1922.
Mercy is loving kindness which leads to practicing charity to the bodies, minds and souls of our fellowmen.
—Hubert D. Knickerbocker, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 25, 1905.
Mercy is the disposition to excuse without condoning, to pity without patronizing.
—F.C. McConnell, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, April 25, 1912.
Mercy is a compassionate understanding of another's happiness. A person is merciful when he feels the sorrow and misery of another as if it were his own. Disliking misery and unhappiness, the merciful man seeks to dispel the misery of his neighbor just as much as he would if the misery were his own. That is who, whenever misery is confronted not only with pain, but with sin and wrongdoing, it becomes forgiveness, which not merely pardons, but rebuilds into justice, repentance and love. ... Mercy is a compassion which seeks to throw off the sorrows of others as if they were our own. But if we have no such compassion, then how can compassion ever come back to us?
—Fulton J. Sheen, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 27, 1937.
When we are merciful to others we express our gratitude to God for His mercy toward us.
—Bob Wear, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, June 26, 1956.
Mercifulness and happiness go hand in hand. There is no person so miserable, so absolutely unhappy as the man or woman who does not know what it is to be merciful. Mercifulness is not an act, it is a spirit. It is that gentle, kind, thoughtful, forgiving, helpful spirit that controls one's thoughts and words and actions in relation to his fellowmen from morning until night, and from day to day, and week to week, throughout life. Mercifulness is that sweet reasonableness that regards all people with the greatest kindness and consideration.
—J. Whitcomb Brougher, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 8, 1913.
Mercy, not to be confused with philanthropy, is the lost art of giving the other guy a break. It is inexpensive, a boon to both bestower and receiver, a cure for a thousand human ills. Generally speaking, it has been outlawed by the iron, unwritten laws of competition.
—Charles G. Cullum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 27, 1946.
Mercy is a godlike quality, an expression of grace toward all who need our kindness. We come to enjoy our ability to imitate the divine method. We find real happiness while the unforgiving, the hardhearted and the indifferent are nursing their grudges and wondering that they get less and less satisfaction out of them.
—Edwin R. Errett, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1936.
What do we mean by mercy? Enter into your own feelings, and you will find an answer to the question. You will find that there is within you a movement, when any misery is brought to your notice, towards affording relief to the object thus presented. Mercy is a virtue, then, which moves us to compassionate the sorrows of others and leads us to relieve them. It implies a feeling of pain upon our own part at the sight of misery, and a desire to remove that which causes pain in ourselves, just because we see its presence in another. This is properly compassion, suffering with another.
—O.N. Jackson, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 7, 1904.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7.)
“The merciful shall obtain mercy.” This not only has to do with our relationship to God but is a basic rule to govern our attitude toward our fellowmen.
One’s merciful deeds toward another has a very definitive way of reacting upon his own soul. God rewards our mercifulness by increasing our own resources of mercy. As we cry to God for mercy for our own lives let us remember His command to us for others. “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36.)
—H.H. Jenkins, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 6, 1959.
Mercy is unselfishness in action, in conducting ourselves toward the world in suffering. ... God's mercy demands that He must shut out from the harmony of heaven all of that which would bring discord and harshness. Mercy, rightly exercised, looks to the good of the greatest number. ... The larger part of the exercise of mercy is to try and relieve not simply the physical, but the moral sufferings of our fellow creatures. With nothing else but mercy we can accomplish the greatest good in the world of moral suffering. Mercy shall obtain mercy. God deals with us as we deal with others. "Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7.)
—H.W. Knickerbocker, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 14, 1898.
“Blessed are the merciful.” Our salvation rests upon the mercy we show to others. Unkind and cruel words, or wanton acts of cruelty toward man or beast, even though in seeming retaliation, disqualify the perpetrator in his claims for mercy when he has need of mercy in the day of judgment before earthly or heavenly tribunals. Is there one who has never been wounded by the slander of another whom he thought to be his friend? Do you remember the struggle you had to refrain from retribution? Blessed are all you who are merciful for you shall obtain mercy.
—Harold B. Lee, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 24, 1945.
Mercy is kindness shows to people to whom you are under no obligation. It is loving kindness motivated by the love of God and is independent of the nature of the one to whom it is shown. It is consideration shown to people who are underprivileged, to those who are strangers, or helpless, of whom you can expect nothing in return. It is help given to people who do not like you or who may have wronged you. It is help given to needy in any field without thought or reward.
—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Oct. 9, 1941.
Mercy is an attitude by which one is related to others. The Latin idea expressing mercy is "heart mercy." This involves putting one's self in the place of another. Jesus, knowing man better than he knows himself, was able to visualize Himself in man 's place and to act with mercy toward man. As a guide for the Christians in this matter Jesus offered the Golden Rule. A maturing Christian, having obtained mercy, is merciful.
—Ray P. Rust, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Nov. 6, 1958.
Mercy is the secret of giving help to others when they need it most. It is that innermost revelation of our true selves, when we are able to make the most of our chances and of granting others like ourselves a chance to see the radiant side of life as well as the drab side.
—L. Sumpter Augustin, The Bogalusa Enterprise and American, Bogalusa, La., June 24, 1932.
Mercy was found by Jesus to be the very heart of God. With mercy toward our fellowmen we find they gladly grant to us that which we grant them, and at last, as we live the life of mercy, we can understand how completely our own sins and failures are forgiven by the eternal heart of God.
—A.H. Beardsley, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 1, 1926.
"Blessed are the merciful." (Matthew 5:7.) This has reference to our active relations to others. It is the kind heart and helping hand for others. Mercy is like grace, and is of the nature of love in action, ministering the benefits which it has in store. The result of the exercise of the distinctively Christian virtue will be that we shall be sure to obtain mercy when we need it.
—Francis R. Beattie, Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 12, 1898.
Mercy to others is possible only with mastery over self.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 2, 1910.
It should be the Christian’s chief joy, as it is his crowning mercy, to make others better and happier and lead them into righteous paths.
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Jan. 14, 1897.
In order to show mercy we must have the power to forbearance. Pity is the only feeling we can exercise unless we have the power to alleviate the suffering exposed to our view. It is more difficult to show mercy to one who has done us wrong than toward a complete stranger. Mercy is compassion based on justice illumined by understanding and restrained by forbearance.
Mercy softens the stony heart and soul, giving opportunity for the tender flow of love and friendship to come into bloom, just as the rain softens the soil made adamant by frost. If you never forgive you should never offend to the extent that you need forgiveness, is the lesson taught in the Beatitude, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7.)
—Elisha Warner, Payson Chronicle, Payson, Utah, May 21, 1948.
Mercy is one of the main features of the gospel that was taught to the children of men by the Lord Jesus when He was here upon the earth. He included it in the beatitudes. His words are: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7.) Often we mortals fail to give this question the thought and consideration it deserves, and it is for this reason that I am now drawing especial attention to it. Surely we can do well to consider this phase of the teaching of our blessed Lord, and I am sure that he who gives thought and study to the theme will be.
In defining the term mercy, Webster says it is, "Tenderness and forbearance shown in sparing an offender in one's power: a forgiving disposition; clemency; ... compassion or benevolence." This is only a part of the definition of the word, but for the present it suggests what we would like to have the reader consider. Tenderness and forbearance are surely traits of character to be admired in anyone, and especially so when it is exhibited in one's attitude toward offenders; for anyone can be kind and agreeable in his attitude toward those who are showing him every kindness. But when one can maintain a spirit of tenderness and forbearance toward those who treat him as an enemy, he is able to reveal the nature of the Master in his attitude. And he who is able at all times to possess a forgiving disposition is divine in nature. He who has learned to have compassion on those who are out of the way is surely able to lead his fellow beings to a higher and better state of life. The gospel of mercy therefore is one of the essential features of the Christian religion, and where it is lacking there is no Christianity to be found.
Mercy will always extend a hand of helpfulness, a spirit of clemency to the one who is caught in a trap. Mercy will relieve, and encourage the better action by reason of the mercy that is shown. ... Let us remember that harsh and exacting methods can never correct a wrong; far from it; wrong can be overcome only through the spirit of right. I am therefore able to understand what the Lord meant when He said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." ...
Mercy will never impugn the motives of others. The merciful man will examine self, and discipline self, but he will deal kindly and patient with his fellow men, and use every legitimate means within his power into the light of life by being merciful in his dealings with them.
The merciful man is always loyal to God; he is always a supporter of the law of love and virtue; he is always trying to uplift and encourage. He is striving daily to create confidence and courage in the lives of his fellows, that together we might be permitted to accomplish the tasks that are ours.
The most important thought connected with this treatise is that the man of mercy will not knowingly misrepresent or injure others.
—J.E. Vanderwood, Zion's Ensign, Lamoni, Iowa, Oct. 28, 1926.
How is concern for others manifested? Sympathy leads us to excuse people's failures as bad luck or circumstances "over which we have no control." Pity leads us to do for others those things which they ought to do for themselves.
Perhaps concern for others might be more earnestly manifest if it were based on concern for the understanding of the principles of righteousness. If righteousness were taught and accepted, then justice could be applied with mercy. To be merciful is not Rather, it is, as the Savior taught, to give hope of overcoming through learning and repentance.
—Aurora Australis, Victoria, Australia, June 1968.
Outgoing mercy makes room for incoming mercy. He who is unmerciful to his fellowmen cannot expect mercy from God. There is a constant stream of mercy flowing into the heart of him who shows mercy to others. But he who shuts up mercy in his own heart, and denies it to his brother in need, will find the stream of God's mercy will cease its flowing into his life. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."
—Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4, 1909.
God hath not appointed us, unconditionally, to mercy; but He hath appointed us to OBTAIN IT.
—The Friend, Philadelphia, Pa., April 14, 1906.