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The Mercy of God

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” – Psalm 145:8-9

“If thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” – Deuteronomy 4:29-31.

God is Merciful – Mercy means to show “compassion” to a guilty person. Mercy is the attribute of God which shows Him to be actively compassionate to those who are guilty. Justice requires consequences and penalties, but mercy gives compassion and love to the one who is guilty. When the prisoner is given a free pardon (mercy) from prison, he remains guilty but mercy forgives him. He is not set free because he deserves it. The prisoner still deserves prison, but it is mercy that sets him free. All Christians deserve Hell and the wrath of God, but it is the mercy of God in Christ Jesus that sets them free. When God’s justice is satisfied in Jesus then God is free to show His mercy to all those in Christ Jesus.

Mercy will never end, since it is a part of God’s nature and also the nature of man to continually need the mercy of God. Salvation is a one-time event, but God’s mercies are new every morning. Mercy is the way God desires to relate to mankind. God will give mercy to those who do not deserve His love. God loves you in spite of your rebellion. Naturally, a person may chose to despise or ignore the mercies of God. When God’s mercies are ignored then his justice remains. When a person truly seeks the mercy of God it will be available. God’s compassion is infinite and inexhaustible. In the mercy of His provision in Christ, He took upon Himself the judgment that was due us. He waits and works now for all people everywhere to turn to Him, not wanting any to be lost. The child of God can say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”

–Psalm 51:1

“O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak…”

–Psalm 6:1-2.

“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

–Psalm 13:5-6

“Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy.”
–Romans 9:18

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

–Lamentations 3:22

Mercy means that pardon or freedom is given to a guilty person. He is guilty, but he is forgiven. God does not give a Christian justice (what he deserves) but mercy (pardon and forgiveness). You are still a sinner. You have done wrong, but God still forgives you. You sinned and you are guilty, but God pardons and forgives you even though you are wrong.

Paul wrote, “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy… And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:13-17).

After you are saved, God gives grace and mercy even though you are still a sinner. It is the same as a man in prison who did wrong. The judge gives him a pardon which makes him free from prison even though he is guilty. This is an act of God when you are saved. God gives mercy because of His Son Christ Jesus. –Ted Camp.

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