If justice is giving to one what one deserves, and mercy is exempting one from what one deserves, how can God be truly just when he displays mercy?
I wonder if, because of Christ’s eternal sacrifice, repentance deserves mercy. If one deserves both damnation for his sins and salvation for his repentance, is it not just for God to deliver whichever reward he chooses?
In this same vein, though repentance is a spiritual work that deserves salvation, would it not still be the grace of God that delivers salvation rather than damnation? With that consideration, could the Protestant ‘sola fide’ arguments against Catholic teaching be more effectively dispelled?