Last week, I admitted I could not totally understand all the intricacies of God’s goodness to us “peoples” when I wrote about how God is good! (I am writing on 4 attributes of God that were in verses in my thankgiving printables.)
But I get His mercy (kind-of :)).
By that statement, I mean that I understand that I am a sinner and that God is perfect, and that it is only by His mercy that I am not consumed.
That I do not deserve His love, yet He bestows it on me even when I do not deserve it.
Now I don’t understand why He does that–but He does.
And I get the fact that I need His mercy.
Every! Single! Day!
I am so thankful that His mercy endures forever!!
And that His faithfulness is new every morning!
Great is His faithfulness!
Just writing these words have my heart overflowing with praise for what God has done for me and for who He is!
Here is a simple definition of mercy:
The act of God by which He withholds what we do deserve.
So the natural question is, “What do we deserve?”
If we believe what the Bible says, then we know the answer.
We know that the wages of sin is eternal death and separation from God (Romans 6:23) which is due every person on earth for we know that all have sinned. (Romans 3:23)
Yet . . .
God in His mercy sent a gift in His Son, and His Son took our place and paid our penalty for our sin. And we can become fellow-heirs with God’s only begotten Son if we only believe and accept that gift!
Again, this shows the goodness of God to us, and if nothing else good happens to us our whole earthly life, this gift of mercy is all we really need.
We should not really need a command from the Bible to be thankful for His mercy, but I Chronicles 16:34 commands us to give thanks unto God for this ever-enduring mercy. And when I consider how many times I fail Him; how many times I sin daily–then I am thankful that He never stops being merciful.
The Bible says a lot about God’s mercy. Look at some of the ways that God’s mercy is described in the Scriptures:
- “great” (1 Kings 3:6)
- “plenteous” (Psalm 86:5)
- “tender” (Luke 1:78)
- “abundant” (1 Peter 1:3)
- “from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him” (Psalm 103:17).
No wonder the Psalmist declared: “I will sing aloud of Thy mercy!” (59:16).
So this week, I am meditating on and praising God for His mercy!
Good quote by Charles Spurgeon:
“The Lord’s mercy is a sea which cannot be filled, though mountains of sin be cast into its midst. It is like Noah’s flood, which covers all and drowns even the mountaintops of heaven-defying sins.”
Here are some other verses that talk about God’s mercy. All of these pictures are printable! You can just click on the picture and it will take you to the document where you will see the print icon. All of them will print on an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper.
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