“Mercy is the ability to see through and beyond that which appears, to that which is eternal and never changes.”~ Michele Longo O’Donnell
According to the dictionary mercy is a form of compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
In her book “The God That We’ve Created” Michele Longo says that mercy is not compassion; compassion is compassion; mercy is not forgiveness; forgiveness is forgiveness. She builds her insight on the words of James:
“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”~ James 2:13
She says that mercy is from a higher atmosphere of thought. Mercy excels over judgement. It is more desired than judgement. Mercy is the judgement of God. God sees all his creation, especially his children, with mercy. When mercy touches our hearts … we are changed forever. We see ourselves as new creatures, we can change our lives and can even be healed.
Because God sees us as we truly are: our core true, innocent nature, we are governed by his love and truth. Traditional teachings tell us that God judges us according to our sins. That would make us fear God because judgement is governed by fear. Michele suggests that we are governed by mercy with love and truth.