Justice and Mercy

God is both just and merciful. Multiple Book of Mormon prophets testify of this, including Lehi (2 Nephi 2:12), Nephi (2 Nephi 11:5), Jacob (Jacob 4:10), King Benjamin (Mosiah 5:15), Alma (Alma 42:15), and Mormon (3 Nephi 26:5, Mormon 6:22). We ought to be just and merciful as well: See that you are merciful unto... Continue Reading →

The Arms of Mercy

All 26 verses of Psalm 136 end with the same phrase: "For his mercy endureth forever." Here is one of the verses from that psalm, which celebrates the Lord's power to deliver the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for... Continue Reading →

Justice and Mercy

Today I've been pondering the relationship between two of God's attributes: justice and mercy. Multiple Book of Mormon prophets teach us that God is both just and merciful, including Lehi (2 Nephi 2:12), Nephi (2 Nephi 11:5), Jacob (Jacob 4:10), King Benjamin (Mosiah 5:15), Alma (Alma 42:15), and Mormon (3 Nephi 26:5, Mormon 6:22). It's... Continue Reading →

What Are “Bowels of Mercy?”

In the scriptures, the word "bowels" is often associated with compassion or empathy. For example: The Apostle Paul encouraged the members of the church in Colossae to "put on...bowels of mercies" (Colossians 3:12). He pleaded with the saints at Phillipi, "if there be any...bowels and mercies," then they should be unified and kind to one... Continue Reading →

Lessons from Sermons to Hostile Audiences

During July, I studied sermons which were delivered under less favorable circumstances. In all of these cases, some people in the audience did respond favorably to the message, but the majority of people were not willing to listen. And in every case, the prophets knew that they were in danger because of the hostility to... Continue Reading →

Blessed Are the Merciful – 3 Nephi 12:7

7 And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (3 Nephi 12:7, Matthew 5:7) The Savior taught this principle a number of times in different ways: we ought to treat other people the way we want to be treated: "If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not... Continue Reading →

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