The Mercy of God: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

The mercy of God is one of the most important aspects of Christianity. It is often misunderstood, so we want to take a moment to discuss what it is and why it matters. The mercy of God is his compassion and grace towards us sinners. He loves us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Because of the mercy of God, we can be forgiven and have eternal life in heaven!

The mercy of God is important because it reminds us that we are not perfect and that we need Jesus to save us. It also teaches us to be compassionate towards others, since we have been shown mercy ourselves. Whenever you feel like you’re struggling, remember that the mercy of God is always with you!

If you’d like to learn more about the mercy of God, we encourage you to read The Bible and speak with a pastor or Christian counselor. They can help explain the concept in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Understanding the mercy of God is crucial to living a happy and fulfilling life as a Christian!

Mercy is a light in the darkness, bringing the promise of glimmers of brightness in a dreary world. It’s about being kind, forgiving ahead of time, and empathizing. Mercy chooses to remain unoffended and compassionately examines the pain behind hurtful statements. God’s compassion can be seen in Christ’s cross, which is a direct result of mercy. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John

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What Does the Bible Say About Mercy?

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

The purpose of God’s plan is to have His people live in peace. Because we were unable to achieve our way into God’s presence on our own, Christ died as a substitute for us. Christ conquered death and opened the door to God for humanity by defeating it. God’s Word, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us enables us to experience fresh new compassion every day. Despite our continual shortcomings, God is constant in His kindness. The forgiving heart is a gift from God. This aspect of God’s love is defined below:

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 86:5 NIV)

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV)

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5 NIV)

What is God’s Forgiveness?

The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy.” (James 3:17 NLT)

The mercy of God is closely related to forgiveness. What we do in response to God’s compassion sends a powerful message to those around us. In his epistle, James makes it abundantly clear that though good works are not required to earn God’s favor or be a Christian, a sorrowful heart that loves God will undoubtedly be evident in the life we live. David Mathis claims in his essay “Have Mercy on Me” that “When God shows his mercy, he does so with complete purposefulness and power, and we as his creatures get our deepest glimpse of who he is not simply in his sovereignty but also in his kindness.”

God has chosen to be gracious to His people. Mercy is a part of God’s character and His love for us. (Exodus 34:6-7)

What Are the Consequences of God’s Forgiveness?

“Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because God is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:35-36 NIV)

God’s grace offers serenity, love, and happiness. Luke’s list of negative behaviors is not something that comes easily to us. Mercy and truth may now be found together in Christ. Christians view the world through a Christ-centered lens, and His love floods their spirits. It gives our hearts joy when we are merciful to others. When we submit to His loving plans, we choose to acknowledge peace. This is impossible without Jesus Christ.

However, His mercies are new every morning. “But you, O Lord, are a loving and gracious God, slow to become angry but plentiful in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15-16). Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength on my behalf; preserve me because I am devoted. “but you Lord are a compassionate and gracious God who is slow to anger yet abounds in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15-16)

“Mercy” is a prominent quality of God, as it appears frequently in the Bible. The King James Version records 262 occurrences of the term, while the English Standard Version 145, New American Standard Bible 99, Amplified Bible 170, and New English Translation 146 instances according to Bible Gateway. It’s also called “mercies,” and “merciful.”

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Are Mercy and Grace Related? What’s the Connection Between Mercy and Grace?

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

The common ingredient between mercy and grace is love. Dr. Ray Pritchard comments, “Mercy is what gets us out of trouble. “Grace gives us what we don’t deserve,” according to Dr. Ray Pritchard.” Jesus saved us through grace, and mercy flowed from Jesus’ last words, “Forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24). Mercy and grace, love, and forgiveness are characteristics of the One True God who rules over heaven in tandem. The mystery of our Triune God binds these elements together into a stunning tapestry of redemption and restoration for every one of us.

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There are four biblical examples of mercy:

1. In the Wilderness, the Israelites Seeks for Water and Grass

“If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3 NIV)

God has always been willing to be gracious to His people. Despite their treason and ingratitude, He loved them. God’s agreement with them was motivated by compassion. He chose to shower his people with what they didn’t earn. “I’ve heard the Israelites grumbling.”

He could provide answers to their complaints in the form of food, water, safety, and provision. The tale of the Exodus was re-told many times in the Bible, as well as used to define several of God’s characteristics such as compassion.

2. King David

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love.” (Psalm 51:1 NIV)

David, a hero after God’s own heart who slays the giant Goliath and is chosen ruler, commits adultery with someone else’s wife and then has her husband murdered in battle (2 Samuel 11-12). Even the most zealous Christians can be overcome by sin. Consequences will always become our reality, as they were for David, but God will never fail to act graciously on our behalf.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a firm spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10 NIV). David appealed to God, and He heard him. “The Lord has removed your guilt. You will not die” (2 Samuel 12:13 NIV). Our gracious God never abandons us even when the consequences of our mistakes are severe.

3. Apostle Paul

“While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ … And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.” (Acts 7:59-8:1 NIV)

Paul, formerly Saul, was a prominent opponent of Christianity. He was responsible for the deaths of Christians. Then he encountered Jesus. “‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied” (Acts 9:5). But suddenly Saul’s sight returned when he saw Jesus. His compassion to forgive him motivated him to continue forward.

Paul was a Roman citizen who became a traveling preacher, apostle, and founding missionary to the Gentiles. He spent his life traveling from city to city, establishing churches as he went. “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God,” according To Romans 1:1 NIV. Paul praised mercy in every letter he wrote. He had personally experienced it.

4. The Adulterous Woman

“Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger … But let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:6-8 NIV)

We don’t know what he was writing in the dust, but Jesus’ forgiveness and compassion were plainly audible to all. The men dispersed, and Jesus told the woman, ” ‘Where are your accusers?’ Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she responded. And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I.’ Go and sin no more,’ He added” (John 8:10-11 NIV). Mercy is the forgiveness and compassion that Christ provides to those who don’t deserve it. The adulterers and accusers were among them. He has chosen to extend His mercy towards us, which is unchangeable. We cannot escape God’s love by failing over and over again.

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What Does the Word “Mercy” Mean to Christians?

Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it.” (Proverbs 3:27 GNT)

Religion is entrenched in society, and with the ever-present needy and oppressed, there can be no turning back. We are not to sit idle. “It is only with a changed heart that we can really be merciful toward someone else,” states editor Liz Kanoy in her article. Mercy liberates human understanding in order for us to follow God’s command to love those He places in our lives. Warren wrote, in his essay “Seven Characteristics of Mercy,” that “becoming an agent of mercy transforms our interactions.”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7ESV)

“‘God, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Jesus, have mercy.’ When we pray like that, we will receive the relief we need from God,” states Dr. Ray Pritchard. Mercy allows us to feel love, forgiveness, compassion, peace, and joy even if we don’t deserve it. When others seek to understand the other side of someone’s rage, cross a picket line to forgive, or pull over to assist a lost soul, love, encouragement, and joy fill the thick cloud of anger and entitlement.

It is prudent to bear in mind that, according to’s “First 15” daily devotion, “We would be entirely lost without the great mercy of our heavenly Father.” He has pity on us, therefore we should have pity on others.

What Does Mercy Reveal About God’s Character?

“Love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.” (Romans 13:10 NLT)

The contrast between the loud and thrilling voices of youth in my congregation, on one hand, and the quiet but pure voices of little children with their hearts completely engaged in God’s Word is powerful. On the other side is a young girl named Ambi who has been severely bullied because her skin color doesn’t fit into society’s norms. She acquired no friends to play with after school until she met “The Blue Guardian.” It was designed by a ministry leader who knew how difficult it was for many people to be able to read or write well enough so that they could understand what was being said at church. As I read through these pages, I came upon several instances where we as Christians should pray for each other like this:

“Please help me to be merciful, kind, humble, patient, and forgiving.”

Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James NIV)

This is a mercy that we as Christians should extend to others. It is one way that we can show the love of God. When we are merciful, we are showing compassion and kindness. We are also demonstrating humility when we extend mercy. And when we are patient with someone, it shows that we are willing to forgive. All of these things reveal the character of God to those who do not know Him.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and be shown kindness in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We are forgiven because of God’s compassion. “And having been made visible as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient even unto death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8 NIV). David Mathis writes, “God’s mercy not only reveals who he is, but it also tells us something significant about ourselves.” We are children of the One True God. By His compassion, He has inscribed our names as citizens in Heaven.

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A Prayer of Gratitude for God’s Grace and Mercy


Today, we rejoice in your compassion. How you accept us for who we are, with all of our flaws and foibles, is beyond comprehension. Always forgiven, never loved less. We come to you humbled and seeking forgiveness for the transgressions we commit every day. The errors we make are endless and forthcoming, so your mercy is crucial to our pleasure and optimism. Your mercies are new every day. Every day, we may come to you for forgiveness and know that we are still treasured, called upon, and destined.

Father, thank you for the sacrificial death of Christ, which opened up a communication channel through your Word and prayer. Send your Holy Spirit to assist us in comprehending and accepting your truth, which we may apply to our daily lives. May God’s blessings and healing be with you. Bring comfort to the pain that touches our lives and those around us, reminding us that you are good every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

One Comment

  1. Alan Finch

    By coming to an understanding of God’s overall plan for the human race, we then can begin to grasp just how great God’s mercy is!

    John 6:44 is such a key verse for us to come to a good understanding of. JESUS tells us that nobody can come to Him unless the Father draws that individual to JESUS. The Spirit of GOD draws those to JESUS of whom God has chosen to become the Bride of Christ.

    The rest of the human race will at a future time when God is through with His Divine work in them, will live for all eternity in the Kingdom of God which will be ruled by Christ and His Bride (The Saints).

    God is a God of justice. God is not going to send billions of people to burn in a Lake of Fire for ALL ETERNITY who never had the Spirit of God draw them to JESUS. If God did that, clear and simple, God would be unjust.

    I have spent several years in putting together a 33 page document that expounds greatly on a number of Biblical truths in regards to this subject. If anyone would like a copy of my document, email me at: ( and I will email you a copy.

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