You are a Gracious and Merciful God. Neh 9:31

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.  Micah 7:18

What is Mercy?

        Mercy is Someone giving favor or pity on someone else.

Mercy is for justice to be done.     Mercy is for your child to be healed.    Mercy is for you to have a home to live in.    Mercy is to remove an unwanted consequence of your actions.    Mercy is for your cause to be dealt with fairly and justly.            Mercy is acquittal from a crime without a just reason.   Mercy is for your sins to be removed. Mercy is for 
God to heal and bless your country.   

Mercy is also:

Mercy is favor or pity on someone who did something that was worthy of a penalty or repercussion.         Mercy is usually called upon for someone whose life would be crushed by the consequence without mercy.         Mercy is shown by Someone Who has more than enough power to pour out immense destruction and anger upon anyone who violates His Laws, but instead offers forbearance and compassion.             Mercy is excessive kindness above what is expected or demanded by fairness.             Mercy has the power to forgive and be kind, to give clemency, and bring relief for suffering.             Mercy is a miraculous thing for which to be grateful.             Mercy is a blessing from God Almighty.

Mercy is what God extends to all people around the whole world. Mercy is what God is extending to you, personally, right now.

How do Mercy and Justice work together?  Justice is fairness, impartiality, knowing the complete truth and judging on it rightly.  Justice is completely true to the Law.  Justice is dispensing reward or penishment as deserved without any compromise.         Mercy is having compassion on the suffering offender.  Mercy is placing a not-guilty verdict on a guilty person.  Mercy bends the laws of justice.        God, Who is always fair, righteous and just, cannot do without dispensing the rightful consequences.  For each action there is a consequence, a reward for good, a punishment for evil.    Because God is just , He must dispense and give out rightful repercussions.  Because God has great and unfailing love for us, He is merciful. 

        How can the two exist without compromise?  God cannot be untrue to His own character.  God cannot break His own promises.  God never changes.  Because of this, God added Grace.  Grace is the only way God, His character and Laws are not compromised.  What is Grace?  --- When a righteous man, who had no sins, who never did anything wrong, chose, with his own free will, to be punished for our sins and our doing wrong.  Thereby, He gets the punishment and we get the mercy, or freedom from the penalty of our doing wrong.  You see, if the man who died for us had any sins, then He would also have to pay for His own sins, but since he was sinless (never did anything wrong), he gave up His reward, and took on our punishment instead.  ---  That is the Love of God for us,  That is the Love of God's only begotten Son for us.  If we accept this fact by faith, then we are free from God's punishment to us - It is by God's grace.

To review - First, there is Justice. Justice is the fair treatment in a specific situation, based on facts, giving reward or penalty as rightly deserved.   Second, there is Mercy.  Mercy is acquittal without a just reason, which is what we plead for God to give us so that we will not get the just and true punishment that we rightly deserve.  Since God cannot do without justice, He has made a propitiation for our punishment.   Third, there is Grace. Grace is Someone without who has no wrong doing taking the just and fair punishment for the another person's wrong doing.  That Grace is in this: God sent His only begotten Son to earth to take your punishment.  He died a horrible death by the cross for you and me.  That is Grace.  Grace is the acquittal of punishment because of Mercy on the throne of Justice.

Do I need Mercy?  Read Job.

Prayers for Mercy

And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that He will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved." Gen 43:14

And forgive Your people, who have sinned against You; forgive all the offenses they have committed against You, and cause their conquerors to show them mercy; 1Kings 8:50

David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for His mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men." 1Chron 21:13

Prayers that Honor God for Giving Mercy

But I, by Your great mercy, will come into Your house; in reverence will I bow down toward Your holy temple.   Praise be to the LORD , for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His Presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.  But in Your great mercy You did not put an end to them or abandon them, for You are a gracious and merciful God.        Ps 5:7; Ps 28:6; Ps 6:9; Ps 116:1; Is 63:9; Neh 9:31

        You too can offer this pray of thanks to the Sovereign Lord God Who has great unfailing love for you.  Just read the prayer to Him with your heart, that's all it takes. And God is pleased and honored!  

Jesus, the Lord, Gave Mercy

Who is Jesus that He has the Power to give Mercy?

 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored.  Mt 9:27-30

While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.  Matt 9:32,33

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon ­ possession." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.  Matt 15:22,28

"Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. Bring the boy here to me." Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.  Matt 17:15,17,18

Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight." Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.  Matt 20:30-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43  

        The man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you."  Mark 5:2,3,15,18,19      Read the details. 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"    Mark 10:47   Guess what happened

Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.     Read all about it in Luke 1:5-25, 57-66.

God's Mercy compared to Men

David said, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for His mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."  2Sam 24:14        The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.

What God says about Mercy

"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Zech 7:9  If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent. Hosea 6:6; Matt 12:7          Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?  Matt 18:33      God wants us to have mercy on each other as He has given us tremendous mercy.


Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you. For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. Rom 11:30-32

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counselor?"  "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.  Isaiah 40:13; Job 41:11; Romans 11

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