Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mercy, love and kindness

One important aspect to understand about God is the aspect of mercy, love and kindness.

Why this is important? Well, simply because humans are not perfect like God and bound to make mistakes (sin). This is why God instituted rituals of slaughter to atone for such mistakes (sin).

Unfortunately, sometimes the sin is unavoidable (for different reasons). This is when mercy, love and kindness of God come into play.

Let's take a look at Exodus 34:5-8
YLT Ex 34:5 And Jehovah cometh down in a cloud, and stationeth Himself with him there, and calleth in the Name of Jehovah, 
YLT Ex 34:6 and Jehovah passeth over before his face, and calleth:  'Jehovah, Jehovah God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth, 
YLT Ex 34:7 keeping kindness for thousands, taking away iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and not entirely acquitting, charging iniquity of fathers on children, and on children's children, on a third generation, and on a fourth.' 
YLT Ex 34:8 And Moses hasteth, and boweth to the earth, and doth obeisance,
As you can see from these verses, 'Jehovah, Jehovah God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth'.... This means that sometimes God is willing to simply forgive (erase) the sin and restore the sinner to the path of righteousness.

For example, Abraham was married to his step-sister, which is forbidden by the Torah. This is why they could not conceive until God forgave Abraham and granted him a son. Had it not been for God's abundant love, mercy and kindness, Abraham would've died childless.

Similarly God understands that we are not robots and we can't be punished as robots (for every little single thing). Therefore, God sometimes forgives us the sin so we can continue to live (literally), so that the sin does not eat us alive.

So remember, that it is the effort that counts most. If you are trying to observe the commandments with all your soul and heart but they still do not come out quite right - keep trying, but always remember that God will not punish you for a sincere effort and honest mistakes.

Also remember that mercy, love and kindness are a part of the decalogue, therefore it is permissible to count on God to be merciful, loving and kind in some situation. But once again, those who abuse or take advantage of God's grace usually get punished pretty severely.

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