Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the word mercy as “compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power.” It is also defined as one being lenient or showing compassionate treatment. Thus, mercy is not getting what one deserves.
God’s mercy is God giving us a pardon instead of the punishment we deserve for our willful sinful life.
God’s Mercy is for all who act ignorantly in unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13).
God’s Mercy is found in Jesus Christ alone (1 Timothy 1:14).
God’s Mercy is for everyone, no matter how sinful one has been or is (1 Timothy 1:15).
God’s Mercy is to show forth God’s patience (longsuffering) toward us (1 Timothy 1:16).
God’s Mercy is for a pattern to all who hear the message of God’s Mercy in Jesus Christ and believe on him to life everlasting (1 Timothy 1:16).
Points to ponder:
Have you obtained the mercy of God? In other word’s have you believed in the Name of Jesus Christ so you may live eternally. God’s Mercy is for you and me, no matter what we have done or who we are. No one is outside the reach of God’s Mercy!
1 Timothy 1:13-16 (KJV)
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.