|The God of Mercyby Dr. Michael Milton|
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
The Psalmist loves God “for God’s own sake” (Bonhoeffer). For God loves usfor His name’s sake.
The great distinguishing mark between the Almighty who sent His only begotten Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the gods of mankind’s making, is His mercy and grace.
His mercy is not His weakness—for some religions imagine it so—, but mercy is His strength. In His mercy He redeems a fallen race to fill His Kingdom with happy subjects who worship Him out of the duty of love and gratitude, rather than the constraints of a cult that deals with an impersonal force quid pro quo.
God’s grace is the inconceivable, crowning activity of the predicate, God’s mercy. “By grace are ye saved through faith . . .”
Thus, our glorious God is building an eternal city of joy and justice born out of pure love, a love unknown but in the life and atoning death of our blessed Lord Jesus. For this reason we read that Jesus is grace and truth.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)