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JANUARY 24

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind then about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart—Prov. 3:3.

 

While justice is the first feature of the commandment of love, it is not the end of its requirements; it requires that, going beyond strict justice, our love shall prompt us to the exercise of mercy and forgiveness. And in thus exercising mercy, we are again but copying Divine love…. Hence in our dealings with others who, like ourselves, are fallen and imperfect, we are to remember this feature and not only be just toward them but, additionally, to be merciful, generous, kind, even to the unthankful, that thus we may be children of our Father in heaven.

 

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 37:26; 85:10;  Prov.11:17; 14:21,22,31; 20:28; 21:21;  Hos. 4:1;12:6;  Mic. 6:8; Matt. 5:7; 23:23;  Luke 6:36; Rom. 12:8;  Col. 3:12,13;  Jas. 2:13;  Prov.23:23; Zech. 8:16,19; 1.Cor. 13:6;  Eph. 4:25; 2.Cor. 6:7,8;  Rom. 2:8;  Gal. 3:1;  2.Thes. 2:10.