and she sent me to read what Divine Mrs. D thought... I Desire Mercy not Sacrifice (read the comments too)
and guess what... LAST NIGHT I DREAMED ABOUT IT!
Yep! Thanks Debby :)) I love you lady!
I dreamed we were at a restaurant that was obviously familiar to many of us. There were people from my past, close friends, people I don't know so well, people I didn't know, just all kinds of people gathered around the table discussing MERCY VERSUS SACRIFICE! We had to keep adding tables as our party grew. It was neat.
Here are a few articles I have
"It is by his manifested love that God overcomes the hearts of his enemies. Revealing his great love, he subdues their hearts and brings them under this love-power; and then, though they deserve to be banished forever, he rejoices over them as one who has found great spoil. As when the prodigal son returned, famished and filthy, but penitent, the father is seen rushing forth to meet him, his heart running over with joy.
If we may judge of the happiness of heaven from our own exercises, we must conclude that God's most intense happiness is found in the exercise of mercy, and that this is his highest form of virtue. The exercise of mercy has always been with him a present intention, and in this sense, a present reality."
"Yet there is a price on the human side — our side — of God’s mercy. What is the cost to us? It is the high cost of becoming a true witness to the power of the mercy we have received. The fact is, offering the same mercy that has been given to us will cost us dearly here on earth. It is a cost we can expect to pay in our everyday life. "
"Conclusion: It is mercy that I need most; It is mercy that I have received the most. The mercy of God has implications for me. The mercy of God demands a priority that I cannot ignore or distort..So, I sit here this morning thinking about being MERCIFUL! Confounded by the MERCY of GOD!
- Whenever I begin to address the sin or weakness of another; whenever I am compelled to act in discipline toward others; Whenever my knowledge puts me in the place of judgment; I must first desire to extend mercy, because mercy is the first desire of God. Jesus says “go and learn what this means”
Rejoicing because I have also been called to consider SACRIFICE.
So, Let's gather around the table and share. Do you have any thoughts or things to add?