In our first reading today, Micah describes God as delighting in offering his people clemency. Do you know what it means to have a heart of clemency? Clemency is defined as having a disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing. It also means leniency and mercy.
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
from days of old.
God delights in offering us his clemency. I, for one, cannot live without it. Perhaps you too need and receive his clemency. Thanks be to God!
But there is more, though, don’t you think? Aren’t we called to offer our clemency to those around us?