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Mercy Has No Memory

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Mercy Has No Memory


The two young women walked happily down the busy sidewalk carrying several shopping bags. They took great pains looking into every store window, expecting to find another bargain.

They had been best friends since they were little girls. They chatted and laughed as they walked, the conversation was light-hearted. That’s when they saw her! They both recognized her immediately and hurried to greet her.

The woman they saw was standing on the corner carefully watching everyone scurrying by. She was a lovely mature woman who smiled sweetly at everyone who acknowledged her, waving back to those who had waved at her in recognition.

Almost stammering, the first young woman nearly ran up to her, put her bags down on the sidewalk preparing for a hug from the older woman. Her hug was returned with great warmth.

Smiling and with tear filled eyes, the younger woman said, “Oh, I want to thank you Mercy, for all you have done for me and for giving me another chance. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for you!

The woman she called, Mercy, smiled back with a blank smile. She showed no sign of remembering what the girl was talking about.

“Don’t you know who I am, Mercy?” She asked desperately.

Mercy responded with a tighter hug. “Certainly I do darling. I know who you are indeed but I am sorry, I just don’t recall the things you are thanking me for.”

The young woman was shaken by Mercy’s response. She turned to her young friend with wide eyes, hoping for an answer. The friend came closer, put her arm around her for comfort while she smiled graciously at Mercy.

Leaning close to her friend’s ear she said softly, “The reason she didn’t respond like you wanted her too is because Mercy has no memory!” She remembers you, but not what you did.


Heb. 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb. 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 29, 2016 at 12:12 am

Posted in Forgiveness, Mercy

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  1. I am so grateful!!!


    May 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  2. Very inspired.

    Paul Plowman

    May 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  3. Thank you Elder I can relate to that story and am going to chew on it for a while

    Sunny John

    May 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  4. Bro . Ballestero, had the word ” Mercy” on my mind past few days. Was thinking about teaching on it for midweek service. Found ” Mercy” which set my mind in motIon. Keep up the good work!

    Pastor Ricky James, Florence, Ms.

    June 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  5. Elder…thanks for all your amazing resources. I have laughed, cried as well as given a hearty “Amen,” while reading your blog.

    Brent Crosswhte

    June 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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