Quotes on Mercy

See also: 3rd Nephi 12:7 

Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.

. . . Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness.  When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind. . . . The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more we are disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls; we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs.  My talk is intended for all this [relief] society; if you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 155, 240-1

About the turn of the century one of America’s most brilliant, prominent attorneys had an occasion to defend a helpless person, and he used this very beautiful allegory: “When God decided to make man, he called the three angels who waited on his throne – Justice, Truth, and Mercy – and said:  “Shall we make Man?”  Justice replied: “Make him not, O God, for he will trample on thy laws.”  Truth replied, “Make him not O God, for he will pollute thy sanctuaries.”  Mercy, kneeling, looked through her tears and said, “Make him, O God, and I will watch over him all the days of his life.” — Elder Thorpe B. Isaacson, Conference Report, April 1962, p.70

In truth, we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  We are all in need of mercy.  In that last day when we are called to the judgment bar of God, do we not hope that our many imperfections will be forgiven?  Do we not yearn to feel the Savior’s embrace?  It seems only right and proper that we extend to others that which we so earnestly desire for ourselves. — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands,” Ensign May 2010, pp. 68-70, 75

We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance. — Elder David A. Bednar, “The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” May 2005

Respect one another; do not speak lightly of each other.  Some, if they get a little pique against an individual, are disposed to cast him down to hell, as not worthy of a place upon earth.  O fools!  Not to understand that those you condemn are the workmanship of God, as well as yourselves!  God overlooks their weaknesses; and so far as they do good, they are as acceptable as we are.  Thank God that you know better, and be full of mercy and kindness. Discourses of Brigham Young, 274

The Lord is more merciful to the people than we are . . . . He has compassion on the works of his hands. –Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 14:149

Some desire to do good all the time, still it seems that almost every act they perform results in evil; look upon such persons as they are, through eyes of mercy, and not measure them with your measure. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:175