A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.
"But I don't ask for justice," the mother explained. "I plead for mercy."
"But your son does not deserve mercy," Napoleon replied.
"Sir," the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for."
"Well, then," the emperor said, "I will have mercy." And he spared the woman's son.
~Luis Palau, Experiencing God's Forgiveness
Mercy is not the same as understanding the reasons behind what has been done.
Mercy is not the same as justice.
Mercy does not deny the offense.
Mercy says I am not going to make you pay for your wrong.
Mercy forgives the penalty for the offense.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. ~Thomas Fuller
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