A common saying is that "I'd prefer mercy to judgment." We can find scriptural support for our hope for mercy from God. Wisdom of Solomon 12 begins with the admission that we may well deserve judgment (The underlying situation in Wisdom was the Canaanites' treatment of Israel, but the ideas here have a universal application.).
Wisdom 12 turns from judgment to mercy: "Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us.....You have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins" (18-19).
Think about this passage as you study the Parable of the Weeds in Matthew's gospel.
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