Mercy is defined as compassion towards someone when it’s within one’s power to punish. When we sin, instead of issuing the punishment we deserve God graces us with his mercy. He shows his mercy when we are suffering through his compassion for our distress. It doesn’t always involve grand moments or gestures, but can come with quiet peace and comfort. God’s mercy is bountiful throughout the Bible, giving us numerous examples towards those who were rebellious, suffering, and in need. His greatest example is when he sacrificed his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross to take our punishment and pay for our sins. Out of his compassion, God, through Jesus Christ, will bestow on us his mercy that we do not deserve.

Read

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV): Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Discuss
Why is God merciful?

God gives us mercy because he compassionately cares for us. Isaiah 49:13b (NIV): “…For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”

What must we do to receive God’s mercy?

We must turn our heart from sin and, through prayer, ask God for his forgiveness. Daniel 9:9 (ESV): To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him.”

What are the benefits of God’s mercy?

We receive peace, love, and joy that he freely gives.

Pray

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

Heavenly Father,

I praise you for your mercy. Your never-ending compassion, love, and mercy are a light shining in a darkened world. My heart is full of peace and joy knowing no matter what situation I find myself in, I can rest in your mercy. Great is your faithfulness!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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