“He Delighteth in Mercy”

Micah ends his book by testifying of God’s love for His children:

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Micah 7:18-20

God delights in mercy, or as Elder Marion D. Hanks put it, “The specialty of the Father is mercy” (“My Specialty Is Mercy,” General Conference, October 1981).

After experiencing a vision in his home in Jerusalem, the prophet Lehi exclaimed, “Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty!… and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!” (1 Nephi 1:14).

On June 9, 1842, at a meeting of the newly organized Relief Society in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith said, “The nearer we get to our Heavenly Father, the more are we disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls— we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs” (JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, addenda, on josephsmithpapers.org). (See also Isaiah 38:17.)

As we grow closer to God and become more like Him, we delight in mercy, just as He delights in mercy.

Today, I will strive to emulate God’s love for His children. I will not focus on the faults of other people, but will cast their sins behind my back and let them go.

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