Our God is a Merciful God
While driving home from the store tonight I was reflecting on the mercy of God and how many times I have deserved judgment but received mercy.
I decided I would post a list of Bible verses about mercy to show how much God has been merciful to us and given us so much because of His heart of love towards us.
There was a time in my life where I was very quick to judge others and to lay condemnation upon them. It was only after having an epiphany of sorts about the grace and mercy of God that a transformation in the way I thought and felt started to happen.
It is because of that transformation that there are times that I refuse to feed the monster of legalism by addressing certain types of subjects.
I could point fingers at certain types of sins, or focus on things that critical and legalistic people like to focus on but I have found that mercy triumphs over judgment,
I hope that as you read these verses about mercy, you will see that Jesus knew this principle and wants you to follow Him in applying it.
Old Testament Bible Verses About Mercy
The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.
The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
1 Samuel 9:16
“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”
“But as soon as they were at peace, your people again committed evil in your sight, and once more you let their enemies conquer them. Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!
Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
Praise the LORD! For he has heard my cry for mercy.
In panic I cried out, “I am cut off from the LORD!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
then God will establish one of David’s descendants as king. He will rule with mercy and truth. He will always do what is just and be eager to do what is right.
They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun will not reach them anymore. For the LORD in his mercy will lead them; he will lead them beside cool waters.
Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
I will tell of the LORD’s unfailing love. I will praise the LORD for all he has done. I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.
New Testament Scriptures On Mercy
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Jesus Heals the Blind
27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” 31 But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.
But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’
A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
“Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.
Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.
He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.
2 Corinthians 4:1
[ Treasure in Fragile Clay Jars ] Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.
[ There Is Only One Good News ] I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
1 Timothy 1:16
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.
he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
My Final Thoughts About The Mercy Of God
I think it is extremely obvious in these verses about mercy that if we are to be true followers of Jesus then we better walk in mercy.
Grace has been said to be God giving us what we do not deserve and mercy has been said to be God not giving us what we do deserve.
As followers of Jesus, you are recipients of His grace and mercy,
I think it is time that we all started giving out more grace and mercy and less religion and judgmentalism and start following what the Bible says about mercy.
I think we all need to remember that we are just like this guy.
“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’
What are some of your favorite verses about mercy?