Weekend Wisdom: Mercy and Justice

Today’s Weekend Wisdom quote appeared in the newsletter from author Charissa Stastny. When I read Abraham Lincoln’s quote, this picture immediately came to mind.

Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary

Merriam-Webster defines mercy as compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power

Justice is defined as: the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments

Now for those confusing mercy and grace, Merriam Webster defines grace as: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification

The bottom line is instead of punishing people we have power over, we have mercy on them by withholding punishment and extend grace by giving them something good.

What role will justice, mercy and grace have in your upcoming week?

Related Reading: What is the difference between mercy and grace?

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.