• Michael Haldas

Mercy


“The Lord Himself said: “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father also is merciful” [Luke 6: 36]. He did not say: “Fast as your heavenly Father fasts,” neither did He say: “Give away your possessions as your heavenly Father is without possessions”; but he did say: “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.” This is because this virtue—above all—emulates God and is a characteristic of Him.” (Abba Dorotheos)

“Compassion for others and sympathy for their failings will bring the heart closer to the heart of God than any form of judging…Always let mercy outweigh everything else in you.” (St. Hesychius the Presbyter, St. Isaac the Syrian)

“Since Christ is the incarnate display of the wealth of the mercies of God, it is not surprising that his life on earth was a lavish exhibit of mercies to all kinds of people. Every kind of need and pain was touched by the mercies of Jesus in his few years on earth.” (John Piper)

“Asking God for mercy means asking Him for His Kingdom, which Christ had promised to grant those who ask for it and that He will add everything else that we are in need of. That is why the faithful are contented with this supplication (Lord have mercy) for it can be applied to everything.” (St. Nicholas Cabasilas)

“The standard by which we judge is that by which we will be judged; the mercy we give will be the mercy we receive.” (Orthodox Study Bible, James 2:8-13)

“God shows Himself to be a God of love and mercy in the beginning. After Adam and Eve and are ashamed of their nakedness He clothes them (Genesis 3:21). He sends them from the Garden before they can eat of the Tree of Life and live forever in a sinful state (Genesis 3:22-23). After Cain brings his offering with the wrong heart, God seeks to move him to repentance not punish him (Genesis 4:7). Yet many, familiar with these stories, still think of God as a punishing God.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

"Again and again we sing of God’s mercy in our services. We speak of His mercy in the Jesus Prayer, our faith rests on God’s love for us. But despite this there has entered into the minds of too many people the image of God as vengeful and harsh." (Father Spyridon Baily)

"The Greek word for “mercy” (eleos) means much more than some external “withholding of punishment” (which is what we usually understand it to mean in English). It is a divine energy; that is to say, its source is God –so we constantly ask Him for it. In our terms it is an internal disposition; an overflowing of the heart with compassionate, self-giving love. So, when I ask God for “mercy,” I am asking not only to receive it, but to carry it on; to be a vessel of His “mercy” in this world." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“…no service is as pleasing to God as mercy. This is because mercy is most similar to God Himself who is merciful.” (St. Gregory the Theologian)

“…if mercy is to be sought from God, then mercy must be extended to others.” (Foundation Study Bible. Luke 11:4)

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