The Cross Symbol Of Mercy Essay
Here’s the point: we owed God a debt we could never repay, and He has freely
forgiven us that debt in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, after the ruler in the parable forgave
the debt, the person who owed the money refuses to forgive someone else. The ruler then
judges that ungrateful person. God requires us to be merciful and forgiving to others here
on earth ( Matthew 6:15). We who have been forgiven so much have no right to withhold
forgiveness from others.
Mercy is coupled with other attributes of God. The Psalmist wrote “But you O Lord,
are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and
truth” Psalm 86:15(NKJV). God’s mercy is rooted in His love for us. He is merciful, in
large part, because He is love (1 John 4:8). As sinners, we deserve punishment.
Since God does love us and is merciful, He sent His Son. The fullness of His mercy is
seen in Matthew 27. Jesus is brutally beaten and murdered on our behalf; Jesus received
our just condemnation, and we received the mercy and love of God.
Because of His love for us, God wants us to be with Him and His mercy is required
for that to take place. There is an inseparable connection between God’s love and His
mercy. Jesus laid down His life and became the sacrificial lamb (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29)
so that God’s mercy could be extended to us. That is the ultimate act of God’s mercy.
To our eternal benefit, “mercy triumphs…