How blessed are we with God’s mercy?
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!
––Ephesians 2: 4–5
Oftentimes, we, humans, are a race of revenge. We always seek those who have wronged us, strike them down, and serve them the punishment we think they deserve. We do not have this right because only God can judge who is right or wrong.
What we must do, as humans, is to forgive our fellow men for their wrongdoings just as God would have. According to Matthew 6: 14, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
We may be unlike God who is perfectly merciful. However, what does “perfectly merciful” truly mean?
There are many ways to interpret the word perfectly. If perfectly is taken as “completely,” then it means that God forgives anyone who has sinned, regardless of the nature and weight of sin. Suppose that a person commits the same mistake over and over again and God forgives him over and over again, that person will never learn, will he? He will continue committing the same error, assured that God will forgive him just the same.
Yet God does not work that way. God may be perfectly merciful, but He still punishes sinners.
God displays the virtue of mercy perfectly and bestows it to the right people at the right time in the right amount and with the right motive.
For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
As we learn more about sins, we learn that its payment is death. According to Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
However, it is through God’s grace and mercy that we are spared from death and are forgiven with our sins. Also, notice how the words grace and mercy are often used. These words can be used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same.
When we say “God’s mercy,” it pertains to how God does not give us the punishment we deserve because of our sins. Every day, we live because of God’s mercy. When we speak of God’s grace, this refers to all good things we received that we did not deserve. All the good things we have in life is because of God’s grace.
In the end, we should look into our hearts with gratitude because sinful as we are, God still showers us with His love and forgives us out of His grace and mercy. “He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not because of our own works, but by His own purpose and by the grace granted us in Christ Jesus before time eternal” (2 Timothy 1:9).