Mercy and forgiveness are just two wonderful attributes of God and His Kingdom. Mercy and forgiveness are what distinguishes Christ and His Kingdom from the kingdoms of this world. Contrary to cruelty present in this world, God’s love and mercy remains constant and never fails or diminishes.
God’s people are the blessed few who actually experience genuine forgiveness and mercy. Christ’s people experience God’s mercy each day, even when the most faithful believer falters or falls into temptation and sin.
Our Heavenly Father has promised His people that all their sins have been cast into the deepest sea.
Who is God like unto thee, that pardeneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins to the depths of the sea.
How can it be that we could be so blessed as to taste the goodness and see the greatness of such a Glorious God and Creator!
Christ’s beloved people experience His remarkable mercy each day, so it follows that mercy would become second nature to God’s people. Only Christ’s people know true mercy, so therefore it is not a wonder that Christ’s people then will have mercy upon all others, despite what others may do to them.
The children of God should be first to forgive and have mercy upon their neighbors. If we are the blessed recipients of the gift of salvation, it is no wonder then that we would be “merciful” to our family and our neighbors.
Our willingness to forgive and have mercy upon others is one proof that we have been forgiven. Genuine forgiveness and mercy, without reservation bears witness that we have been given the “fruits of the Spirit” and are indeed the children of God.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him. That he who loveth God love his brother also.
I John 4:20&21
As a child of God grows in grace and experience, he or she sees through his or her experience the daily forgiveness and mercy of God. When we are confronted by our own daily sin and yet if we experience God’s constant forgiveness, how can we be not greatly affected?
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.