Have you ever awaited punishment for something and it never came? You knew you did something wrong and punishment was rightfully deserved, but for some reason it was withheld. An example of this is found in I Timothy 1:16. Here, Paul was recalling things in his past deserving of punishment but instead he was shown mercy. Mercy here is not getting what you truly deserve, very similar to forgiveness. As well, mercy can be shown in another way closely resembling compassion. Matthew 15:22 is an example of this form of mercy. These men didn’t do anything wrong, yet, because Jesus could help them, he did. Mercy can be extended to the guilty or to the suffering, but in either case, it is life changing. Sometimes we might feel like we stretch God to his wits end. But mercifully God’s endurance level is pretty high. Thank God tomorrow is a new day jam packed with new mercies!
13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. 15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:13-16 (NLT)
30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” 31 Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” 32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 33 They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. Matthew 20:30-34 (NKJV)
22 Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1 (NKJV)