2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 8:12 NIV 2011
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
And will remember their sins no more.”
The apostle Paul writes in verse 7b, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” Because of the thorn Paul relied on the Lord alone, which revealed His divine power. Hebrew’s author records God’s words to the His covenant people. Paul’s words to the church in Rome echo God’s words to the Hebrews, Romans 11:27, “And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” God’s Word consistently reveals God the Father is a forgiving God. God is merciful.
Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve; grace is God giving us something we do not deserve. All sinners deserve death but by placing our faith in Jesus Christ we receive eternal life. Reading through the Old and New Testament, God’s mercy is seen throughout Scripture. Mercy is part of God’s nature. Luke 6:38, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Following God’s model of mercy is my daily goal to extend mercy to others. God’s mercy is the greatest.
How do believers show mercy to others?