I view mercy and justice as synergistic. You can't have one without the other. I will cite two hypothetical examples to illustrate my point.
First, let's say you catch your teenage daughter drinking alcohol. She promises it was her first time and that it won't happen again. You decide to go easy on her with a very light punishment and you quickly forget the whole thing.
It turns out it wasn't her first time. Several months later, she's responsible for a DUI car accident in which someone is seriously injured. Now she is in very big trouble. Was your early lenience really all that merciful?
Second hypothetical example: Jean Val Jean from Les Miserables. He stole some bread. Now, stealing from stores is a serious issue, but it isn't the worst possible thing. Furthermore, he did genuinely change his life around. It simply wasn't in the interest of society to keep hunting him.
The Lord is both. He has taught us that Mercy can not rob Justice, but Mercy can temper Justice.
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