Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Earned Mercy Isn't
A friend's newsletter* noted that Mormon Apostle Richard G. Scott addressed the subject of mercy at the last LDS general conference (Oct. 2006). Since mercy is an essential facet of our relationship to God I was curious how it would be presented. Mercy by definition is "compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; ... Mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it."
In short, mercy is not receiving the punishment we justly deserve. By definition mercy is both unearned and unmerited.
I pulled our Nov. 2006 Ensign to see what Elder Scott had to say, and noted the following:
If not resolved, broken laws can cause your life to be miserable and would keep you from returning to God. ...The demands of justice for broken law can be satisfied through mercy, earned by your continual repentance and obedience to the laws of God (p. 42).
Wait a minute, mercy earned by continual repentance and obedience? This is a troubling thought, but I'm late for a meeting, so I'll pick this up tomorrow, hopefully. Until then, feel free to meditate on Titus 3:5 which states:
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
*(Mormonism Researched, Mar-Apr 2007)