When we speak of God being merciful, we are talking about the goodness or the love of God shown to those who are in misery or distress. This is true whether the people deserve their circumstance or not.
Think of it as help or kindness coming from someone who is in a superior position. God’s mercy looks to both the temporal needs of man (Ruth 1:8; Hebrews 4:16) and to the eternal salvation of people (Rom 9:23; Eph 2:4; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; Isa 55:7).
God’s mercy extends to Israel (Psalm 102:13) and to Gentiles (Romans 11:30-32; 15:9)
God’s mercy is free of any obligation and it is given as God sees fit to give it out (sovereign choice – Romans 9:15-16,18)
God is not stingy when it comes to giving out His mercy – God is “rich in mercy.” This can be demonstrated through out the Psalms.
Exodus 33:19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Deut. 4:31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.
Deut. 13:17-18 None of those condemned things shall be found in your hands, so that the Lord will turn from his fierce anger; he will show you mercy, have compassion on you, and increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, 18because you obey the Lord your God, keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.
Neh. 9:31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
Psalm 25:6 Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Psalm 78:38 Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
Jeremiah 3:12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north: ” ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever.
Lament. 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Daniel 9:9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Zech. 1:16 “Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
Luke 1:50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Romans 9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
Romans 9:23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory–
Romans 11:30-32 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
Ephes. 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.