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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

63- Mercy and justice

 

These two virtues met on the Cross. The Lord was just and merciful. Just as He paid the price of sin. And merciful as He had pity on mankind, who was condemned to death So He died for us.

There is no contradiction at all between God’s justice and his mercy.

His mercy is full of justice, and His justice is full of mercy. He is just in His mercy, and merciful in His justice.

There are virtues that integrate with no contradiction. It is different with mankind. The justice of one turns into cruelty with no mercy. Or his mercy turns into underestimation of the rights of justice, encouraging others to err, though unintentionally.

In this integration which we described some of its forms, we notice a very important matter, that is:


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