22 February 2016

Mercy and Pardon.

Is there a distinct difference between Mercy and Pardon or are the two interchangeable and mean the same? 

Mercy, I understand is a freely bestowed grace which has its source in the overwhelming and spontaneous Love of God for his people. Pardon or Forgiveness instead, though still a grace, is a response  to man's appeal and flows from God's Justice. 
While Mercy defines the very identity of the I AM, as essentially a magnanimous, all-embracing Love, 
Pardon or Forgiveness is linked to Divine Justice and may include reconciliation through some sanctions or penance.