What is Mercy?

Strong's Complete Dictionary of Bible Words defines mercy as:  1: to be compassionate  2: showing kindness or favor toward  3: to cover. 

Webster's New American Dictionary defines mercy as:  1: to hold back harm from someone who offends  2: forgiveness or the power to forgive.

By looking at the above definitions, we can surmise that the word mercy conveys a message of not receiving a specific consequence that should rightly be ours or receiving a reprieve that we do not deserve. 

Have you ever been shown mercy?  I have.  If I may, please allow me to tell you about the mercy that has been shown to me. 

The best description I can give of the mercy that I have received comes from God's word.  Romans 3:23 says that everyone has sinned and come short of God's standards.  Romans 6:23 says that the wages of our sin is death.  But when we read Romans 5:8 we see that our God loves us.  John 3:16 tells us that because of His love for us, His compassion for us and His kindness to us, He sent His son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sin and cover our sin by His death on the cross and experience God's mercy.  Romans 10:9 says that if we come to Him and confess our sin and ask forgiveness, God will forgive our sin and save us from the penalty that should be ours and give us what we don't deserve, eternal life with Him in heaven.  John 1:12 promises us that we will become a member of God's family.  We also have God's promise that His mercy has no memory.  When we read Psalm 103:12, where he tells us that He will separate our sin from us as far as the east is from the west, in other words, he forgets them forever. 

Revelation 3:20 tells us that Jesus is patiently waiting.  Why don't you come to Him today and experience God's mercy for yourself?  It is yours for the asking.  All you need to do is humbly and reverently bow your heart to God and ask Him to forgive you and ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior.  When you do, he will walk with you each day and your life will never be the same.

You may have had a past without God, but you can have a future with Him!