Only Self Sacrifice makes mercy possible and just.  If a Judge does not collect what is due for the creditor, that is injustice.  If the Judge uses his own money to pay the creditor on behalf of the debtor, that is just and merciful.

Mercy is compassionate unmerited favor excited by seeing distress or misfortune.

Mercy forgives and does not require what is owed to be repaid.

Mercy gives without requiring in return.

Mercy treats others better than they deserve.

Mercy is patient with sinners and the ignorant.

Mercy forebears (delays) giving penalties and temporarily tolerates, giving time for the grievance to be corrected.

 

Grace is the opposite of Clumsy.  We are saved by grace.

Grace maintains balance.

       Clumsy stumbles, falls, or stagers.

Grace does it right.

       Clumsy makes mistakes and fails.

Grace has a place for everything and everything in place.

       Clumsy is disorganized and cannot find what is needed.

Grace has skill.

       Clumsy is awkward.

Grace allows freedom.

       Clumsy struggles to control others.

Grace is peaceful.

       Clumsy is touchy and ready to argue or fight.

Grace finds a way around obstacles.

       Trying to force obstacles to move can be clumsy.

Grace has the necessary work done.

       Being poor, hungry, cold, because needs have not been met is clumsy.

Grace has time and things enough to help others.

       Clumsy can not catch up with the work; the equipment is broken down.

Grace limits spending to less than total income.

       Clumsy borrows and is burdened with debt.

Grace has money on hand for unexpected expense and/or gifts to the needy.

       Clumsy doesn't pay and then cannot pay or help others.

Grace can identify truth and the spirits of love and hate.

Clumsy doesn't know who to believe so acts on feelings without identifying and choosing honorable ones.

Grace speaks words of truth, imparting knowledge, confidence, and love.

        Clumsy is inaccurate and causes confusion and frustration.

Grace cares for the other.

       Loving selfishly and carelessly is clumsy.

Grace is righteous.

       Sin is clumsy.  It is a mistake.

Grace acts in faith based on knowledge.
 

Phil Blake        January 2009