a thousand splendid suns

Last night I finished A Thousand Splendid Suns, the second book by Khaled Hosseini.  One scene in particular really struck me.a_thousand_splendid_suns

A woman is standing in front of a judge and he tells her that while he would like to believe her story and show her mercy, he will eventually stand before Allah, and be asked “Why did you not obey and enforce my laws?  Who are you to show mercy?” and therefore must punish her according to the law.

It saddens me to think of people who are unable to give or receive mercy because they are slaves of law.  Our God is not only a God of justice, but of mercy as well.  Every day with beautiful weather, every delicious meal, every friend, every thunderstorm, every new year, new day, new moment is given to us because He is a gracious and merciful God. 

We are all offenders of the law, redeemed by the blood of Christ, by His death and resurrection.  That is who we are to show mercy.  Who are we to condemn?

Praise the Lord that through Jesus Christ we are able to show mercy to each other.  Praise Him that we have been commanded to love, to forgive, to bear with one another, to be long-suffering, rather than to enforce a law we ourselves cannot keep.

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