An idea to chew upon from a blog I just discovered
A blogger named Macker at a place called Pray Naked Experience posts wisdom to ponder:
.....this is how I have heard mercy defined: having something withheld from us that we deserve.
I believe you cannot dispense mercy without first understanding the true mechanics of grace: humility.
if we cannot be humble, we cannot know God's grace. if we cannot accept His grace, we cannot recognize the penalty He withheld by offering us eternal life.
and if we cannot grasp what he did for us, there is no way we will ever give in to the unnatural act of forgiving someone else.
He's earned a spot in the blogroll.....even though his title will increase my violations-of-sixth-commandment spam.