Mercy doesn't get as much limelight as Grace. Mercy is something I am pondering a bit more. Hosea 6:6 says, "I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices. I want you to know God; that's more important than burnt offerings." The dictionary defines mercy as "compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm."
God is completely just, holy, righteous, - He has the power and right to punish us. We deserve it. Yet, He is merciful. He tells us to love mercy. I am thankful for mercy, from Him and also, applying it to myself. I have lived under law so much - much time has been spent beating myself up for not being perfect, yet He calls us to mercy: toward others and myself. He has forgiven me, washed me white as snow, so why do I walk under condemnation so much? Once I heard that if God is convicting you of sin, it is VERY specific - confess, and make it right. Condemnation is from the Enemy of our souls; it is not specific, just a heavy weight or burden... Jesus' yoke/burden is LIGHT and EASY.
I love it when you can turn around, and tell the enemy, "Get out of my face! I am forgiven and cleansed! I am a Child of the King and His name is on my heart!" He has given us the freedom to walk in righteousness, to know what He wants by His Spirit and the power to do it!
Love Mercy and walk humbly with our God.
Walk humbly with God.