He is Merciful

An attribute of God I find particularly astounding is His mercy.  It’s something we can all take for granted at times.  In fact, I’m not sure we can ever grasp how merciful He really is.

We’ve thought of this question before: why does God allow bad things to happen?  Life just doesn’t seem “fair” sometimes.  How can we keep living, and God care just enough to watch us suffer in pain?  It’s as if He doesn’t care at all, right?  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.

Think, if God was only Justice and not at all Mercy, every one of us would now be vaporized, our souls forever in hell.  After that very first dirty thought entered our head, we would eternally disqualify ourselves from the holiness of God’s presence.  We truly are children of mercy; we have been given a chance to love God.

No matter what horrors we may encounter or sufferings we endure, remember that He had every right to eternally condemn us.  But that’s not who He is.  God is love, and He is merciful.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”—1 John 4:10


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