Read: Psalm 136
God is always merciful, slow to anger, and full of grace. When our first parents Adam and Eve disobeyed by eating the forbidden fruit that God commanded them not to eat, God would have killed them instantly. But God was merciful enough to just banish them out of the Garden of Eden. Through the act of disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered into this world. But because of God’s mercy and compassion, we are not consumed for our sins and unholy deeds. Instead, God gives us a second chance to repent and to restore our fellowship with Him through His Son Jesus.
God’s mercy is far above the heavens (Ps. 103:11; 108:4). God’s mercy endures forever. “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children” (Ps. 103:17). God is willing to forgive and remember your sin no more, if you repent. God is merciful that He is good to both the wicked and the righteous. “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). God was compassionate to the Ninevites, although they were wicked people. God sent Jonah to warn them of God’s punishment that Nineveh would be overthrown in 40 days (Jonah 3:4). When Jonah warned them, the entire people of Nineveh believed in God and observed a fast. “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (Jonah 3:10).
According to God’s mercy, He saved us through His Son Jesus Christ. “When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5). As Jesus was merciful to the thief who accepted Him and Jesus said to him, “Today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God’s mercy is calling us to repent and turn to Him.