For mercy to be shown, there must first be a need on the part of a recipient and an ability to extend mercy on the part of a giver. As already noted, we have a big time need for mercy. God not only has the ability to extend mercy, He is called “the Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3).
Mercy is an eternal characteristic of God (Ps. 25:6-7). Indeed, “His mercy is everlasting” (Ps. 100:5); it “endures forever” (Ps. 106:1). God’s mercy is “abundant” (Ps. 86:5, 15). In another Psalm the psalmist praises God: “The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy.”
Speaking from a spiritual perspective, it is suggested that grace must precede mercy. In the salutations of a number of New Testament letters, where the two words appear together, grace always comes first (1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:2; Tit. 1:4; 2 Jn. 1:3). The wise man instructed that, on our part, repentance is prerequisite to our receiving the full effects of God’s mercy (Prov. 28:13).
Of course, the greatest expression of God’s mercy was offering us forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ (Tit. 2:4-6). By His mercy God sent His Son to the cross to die on our behalf (Rom. 5:8). As our Savior, He bore the guilt of our sins (Heb. 9:28; 10:10). It is through that act of mercy that we have hope of eternal life (Jude 1:21).
It is further suggested that peace is the condition that develops as a result of mercy. In all New Testament verses where peace and mercy appear together, except for Gal. 6:16, mercy comes first. That peace, of course, is the result of knowing that we are in Christ, forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, saved. Thank God for His mercy!…