The throne of Christ is established in mercy. The prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning Jesus; “And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.” (Isaiah 16:5)
Mercy fuels compassion, providing promising glints of light in a darkened world. It’s kindness, forward forgiveness, and empathy. Mercy chooses not to be offended and compassionately sees a hurting heart behind hurtful words. God’s mercy is reflected in the cross of Christ, a direct reflection of His love for us. His life was a seed of mercy. Mercy is an extension of an expression of love, “an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.” Mercy is a characteristic of the One True God. The Bible says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
God’s plan for His children stems from His merciful love. Knowing there was nothing we could do to earn our way into His presence, He made a way through the crucifixion of Christ. Defeating death, Jesus opened up access to God for us through mercy.
Through prayer, God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit living in us, each day brings fresh new mercy. Every morning God is faithful, even though every day, we sometimes fall short. Mercy is God’s gift to the repentant heart. The following scriptures define this element of God’s love: “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 86:5 NIV)
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV)
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5 NIV)