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Mercy To The Merciful

All humans are sinners; to claim to be without sin is itself a sin that denies the Savior of all humanity:

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10 RSV)

Mercy To The Merciful

Holy Bible God is merciful to those who are humble and repentant when they have sinned against Him, but His mercy will be a reflection of our mercy for those who are humble and repentant when they have sinned against us (i.e. from "The Lord's Prayer" - "And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil" - Luke 11:4 KJV):

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made."

"So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt."

"But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.'"

"So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place."

"Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt."

"So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." (Matthew 18:23-35 RSV)

Jesus rebuked Hypocrites who condemned others while doing the same themselves (it's important to note that The Lord, in His mercy, did not condone sin):

"The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground."

"And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground."

"But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

"She said, "No one, Lord."

"And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again." (John 8:3-11 RSV)

Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say about humans judging one another?
Matthew 7:1-5


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