Showing mercy is not an attribute we often use in relation to humans – it is more often referred to as a divine attribute where we seek God’s forgiveness and beg of His mercy. As mere human beings, it is a positive characteristic if one can forgive and forget. To abandon our pride and move on without bitterness or thoughts of revenge benefits only ourselves as we cleanse our souls of hatred or resentment. The Mercy of God is far more vast and moves from the earthly world to the ephemeral.
Without the strong conviction of faith, it is easy to see God without mercy. Our world is full of violence and hatred – shameful acts where one human beings destroys another without any sense of remorse. It is impossible to comprehend how innocent children become targeted victims of cruel, political wars. How would a merciful God allow such atrocities to continue?
The answer to this question can be full of contradictions if one does not have the strong conviction of faith that I mentioned before. Looking at it simply, God equals good, so if bad exists then there cannot be a God. But when one understands that the purpose of our existence on this Earth is to move away from evil, and strive towards good then one can begin to see why such evils exist in the world. The peace and love that a life of faith demands is lost when one becomes obsessed with power and greed. When religion is misconstrued it becomes a cruel game where the laws of God are exaggerated and thwarted beyond recognition to suit individual desires. The victims beg for God’s Mercy, and even if His Mercy is not visible in this world, the people of faith strongly believe that God’s Mercy will be showered upon them in the afterlife. There is also a sense of justice in the eyes of the victims as they know that, as God has promised, people who twist the words of God to suit their own needs will be starved of His Mercy in the afterlife.
But without this conviction one has to presume that God has no mercy. And without a Merciful God, there would be no divinity. So if one has no faith then one has to look at mankind itself to blame for the atrocities. Surely, when the argument of the existence of God produces the same outcome, then embracing the existence of a divinity and immersing in the spirituality and positivity makes far more sense that simply ignoring the fact that the world cannot simply exist through coincidences. Faith gives life a purpose. A reason to exist. And when one truly believes, then God’s Mercy becomes a type of self-therapy that is impossible to access in the present world alone.
I find that there is nothing more therapeutic than sitting on my prayer mat and talking to God. There are times when I sense He is close to me and it is these times when I feel my soul moving itself away from the earthly world. A big claim to make, but at times I find myself weeping uncontrollably and trembling because I know that when God intends it, I will have to face Him and justify my actions in this world. These are the times when I beg for His Mercy. With a real sense of hope I pray that He will forgive me and all people of faith – accepting our prayers of repentance and foregoing our human nature to sin. God has repeated over and over again in His scriptures of His Merciful nature, and to have hope in this is a big part of faith.
“In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Dispenser of Mercy. Praise be to God, the Lord of All the Worlds; the Most Merciful, the Dispenser of Mercy.” (Quran 1:1-3)
“The Lord! The Lord! God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to anger and Abundant in Kindness and Truth, Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of iniquity, willful sin, and error, and Who Cleanses ” (Exodus 34:6-7).
Psalms 86:5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you
Have faith in God’s Mercy. Talk to Him about your faults and improve your ways for His sake. If one increases the love for God then our character purifies itself for His sake. And begging for His Mercy becomes a therapeutic act that shall, God willing, make life easier both in this world and the next.