Elder Holland has quoted Psalms 136:1 relative to Christ where it says "his mercy endureth for ever."
Psalms also says that the Lord is "ready to forgive and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon [him]." (Psalms 86:5).
Indeed scripture, and especially the psalms is replete with references to the Lord being merciful. It's good to look up those references.
Mercy and compassion are almost the same. The prophet Micah has said "he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19)
Lamentations further says that "his compassions fail not." (Lamentations 3:22).
What wonderful words, that he takes our sins upon him because of his compassion, and that compassion lasts forever.
As we look at the Savior's life, we see compassion being perfected in him. In all things he had compassion on others, healing the sick, comforting the downtrodden, and finally, atoning for our sins, sacrificing himself so he could show mercy to us.
This is the ultimate act of mercy.
He is alive today, and through the spirit, continues to show mercy to all who will come unto him. He lifts, strengthens, heals, comforts, and in all ways, still shows compassion and mercy.
And in the end, if we come unto him, he will save us, and exalt us, to dwell with him in his presence and the presence of the Father together with our families.
What a wonderful promise from our Merciful Savior. Please, with all my heart, come unto him. Devote yourselves to him. Let him heal and comfort you and even though you still may have trials, he will comfort you in them, for he is merciful and has compassion and understands all who come unto him.
May we ever do that, is my prayer.
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