Justice and mercy are attributes of Truth and Love, the one almighty God. How often mortals plead for mercy when justice forbids cancellation of penalty for wrongdoing! But justice demands regeneration of the human self before God's mercy is seen enfolding humanity and ruling out suffering. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 22): "Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves."

And when does justice approve? When truth is attained through demonstration, when the sins and fearful beliefs which claim to produce ill effects are destroyed and man in God's image begins to appear. The Psalmist had the wisdom to link mercy with the truth, the appearing of reality, and he sang (Ps. 85:10), "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." The law of divine mercy is the ever-acting love of Love, and it demonstrates the peace and painlessness of true consciousness. When one quenches human will and gives up the mortal conviction that life is in matter and evil real, he is ready for the mercy that cancels suffering. If mercy seems slow in its healing ministration, this is because true consciousness, and consequent true experience, has not been attained. Further regeneration is needed, deeper probing of the undestroyed mortal beliefs which both submit to and impose suffering, and a purer realization of man's divine inheritance of perfection.

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