Growing up my mom used to tell me, “It takes two to fight,” when arguments broke out among my siblings and me. She was trying to teach me that I bear some of the responsibility for the discord. Even if they were attacking me unjustly I was accountable for my response. I thank God for a good godly mother that was responding to me biblically. She was using the tender mercy that the Psalmist calls on God to have for him in verse 77. That gut feeling of compassion that a parent has for their child. A good English equivalent would be having “a heart of compassion”. That mercy doesn’t just protect, but also points out flaws and ways to improve through rebuking and teaching.
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