Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”
His mercy is a wonderful character of God. It is the benevolence of God to those who are fallen sinners.
(We, who are called to follow Him are called to show mercy to others, remembering that God has shown it to us.)
Mercy is the kindness of God to those who are sinners.
Mercies for mankind in general, include: light, heat, rain/water, food. The external mercies for life.
Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
But to His beloved Church, His mercies are internal, as well. He brings them closer by His love and Care, by the mercy He gives. This mercy includes their Salvation: Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”
(The first time “merciful” is used is with Lot, [Genesis 19:16] who was saved from the destruction with the rest of the wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah. “The Lord being merciful unto him”.)
The mercy of God lifts up the trembling sinner, to see God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
And brings comfort and knowledge to those who are following after, seeking a closer relationship to God.
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
God’s mercy completes (perfects) the work He has started within us: He will not desert us, because we often fail Him; rather, in mercy, He sanctifies us, and preserves us by His Word, that we may be kept in the love of God.
Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
God’s grace holds us up in power; God’s mercy puts His arm around us in love, and keeps us close to Him and His life for us.
We, who are called to follow Christ Jesus, are called to show mercy to others, because God has shown it to us:
Remember the Good Samaritan? The only one who showed mercy to a wounded man on the road?
Jesus was using this illustration to a man who asked about Eternal Life. (Luke 10:25)
When Jesus asked him (for as a lawyer [one who knew the law, and was to interpret it to the people] he should have known: “What is written in the law?”
He answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy souls, and with all thy strength, and with al thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
(Perhaps if he had left the last part out [and how many of us do], he could have walked away in pride; But, putting that last part in there made him responsible in a way that had to be seen)
“So who is my neighbor?”
Jesus then tells of the Good Samaritan. He had not only stopped in a place of robbers to help this man, but paid with his own money to get him well.
So, Jesus asks this man: Which one was the neighbor to the man that fell among thieves?
In other words, ” Which man acted in God’s Way?”
Luke 10:37 “And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus, Go, and do thou likewise.”
This is mercy: The kindness of God to us who are sinners; And the kindness of us to others. God’s mercy should lead us to be merciful to others.
The Lord will complete my education in His school of life, and bring me to have His likeness, by His mercy; for His mercy endures, and lasts through my whole life experiences; for He will never forsake His work in me.