Essay about Mercy And Compassion : The Bridge That Connects God And Man

1016 Words Sep 4th, 2015 5 Pages
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary mercy is“compassion shown to an offender” but it is not only the offender but to those who are distressed (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus 665). This compassion and forgiveness brings us closer to others and to God. It is the quality that God expects humans to use freely as He has used mercy with all of humankind. It is the “the bridge that connects God and man” (Pope Francis Misericordiae Vultus). Mercy is to be used with everyone as it is what holds the world together and keeps people from destroying each other completely.

An example of this characteristic of mercy from Scripture is the story of Noah and the Ark. God saw that the earth was full of sin and corruptness (The New American Bible Genesis 5: 1-10: 32). He decided to destroy the sinners and all life on earth. God allowed Noah and his family to build an ark and collect two of every animal. This is an act of mercy because God was preventing an even further distance from humans. He floods the earth in mercy. This mercy allows the people of the earth to renew their relationship with God and to start over with a chance at a holier life, following in God’s will.

The parable of the unforgiving servant is about mercy, or forgiveness in this case (The New American Bible Matthew 18: 21-35). Jesus tells a parable about the servant who would not forgive a debt as his master had forgiven him. The unforgiving servant was handed over to torturers until he could pay back the…

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