One of the ways God’s goodness is revealed is through His mercy. We may describe mercy as ‘the readiness of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures.’ Many times, mercy is called compassion or lovingkindness. It is expressed toward the sinner because of the misery that sin has brought upon him.
God’s mercy to the believer is revealed by His taking away the misery of sin’s consequences through the New Covenant of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mercy is not something merited or earned, but as the Apostle Paul states, ‘Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us.’
Our Heavenly Father is the author, originator, and source of all mercy.
‘Mercy is condescending love, reaching out to meet a need without considering the merit of the person who receives the aid’ (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words [EDBW]).
‘Even when we were spiritually dead because of our sins, God’s forbearance was working on our behalf. He was tolerant, patient and kind towards us. God abounded in excessive proportion with good will, compassion, and desire to help us. His disposition was kind, compassionate, and forgiving in His treatment of us. He wanted in abundant supply to alleviate our distress and bring relief from our sins. He did this by giving us life in place of death. It was with Christ that this salvation was secured. By grace, kindness, and favor we are saved. All of this was the result of God’s extremely large degree of love wherewith He loved us, always seeking the welfare and betterment of us. God likes us’ ().