To show mercy means to have compassion for someone who should be punished or could be treated harshly. It means showing undeserved forgiveness or kindness. Mercy is given by a person in authority, who is also often the one who has been wronged. To show mercy is to offer relief to someone in a miserable state.
As I compare myself to God’s perfection, I am humbled realizing my need for God’s mercy. Being held by this love and mercy creates a space within my heart to accept myself as I am. With loving kindness, I start to heal the division within and orient myself towards wholeness. When I accept God’s mercy and love in my heart, I begin to know what love is. I see with the eyes of compassion and my actions originate from a place of extreme kindness.
For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray—that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy.–St. Faustina Kowalska
Lord, thank You for showing me extreme kindness so I can pass it on to others.