The Cross Symbol Of Mercy Essay

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The Cross Symbol of Mercy

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…

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