“For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.”
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
“”I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
Guilty, yet pronounced innocent. Unearned, undeserved, unworthy. Why extend mercy to people such as these? Because that is His nature. He is good. He is kind. He is loving and He is merciful.
We deserved wrath and He would have been righteous to give us His judgment, but instead He wanted to demonstrate His forgiveness and compassion toward us.
A prisoner who is set free cannot contain the joy and gratitude over a punishment being rescinded; so it should be with us. If each day His mercies are new, may we recognize all of the mercies around us. Are we able to think, speak, walk, breathe? Basic components of living, but God allowed us to have those abilities another day.
Sometimes we can equate mercy with comfort – “if God is merciful He won’t allow suffering”. However it is often in God’s mercy that He permits afflictions to visit us, for otherwise we would not be cognizant of all the blessings He has brought into our lives.
This God of mercy extends grace to those who are willing to humble themselves and ask for it. To see our need of Christ’s amazing forgiveness is yet another sign of His mercy in opening our eyes at all.
Lord, thank You that You delight to show us mercy. So Holy and righteous are You! Help us to extend the same grace that you have given to us, ever mindful of your gift.