What is God like? This is an important question. Unfortunately, people often think of God how they imagine Him to be instead of how He has revealed Himself to be. In the Old Testament we find God describing Himself to Moses as, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.” (Exodus 34:6) This is God's revelation of Himself and yet many portray God as vengeful and waiting to judge and condemn the moment we put a foot wrong. God clearly says that He is merciful. (Mercy is the withholding of deserved punishment). In fact He is more merciful than Man could ever imagine or understand. “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 103:17) or literally “from the vanishing point to the vanishing point” – referring to that point, at which, our understanding stops as we try to imagine eternal things. Our brains are designed to comprehend that which has a beginning and an end. God’s everlasting mercy is beyond our comprehension because it goes further. It is unlimited; therefore it is greater than any of our transgressions.
Through simple faith in His Son, Jesus, believers are not only spared the Hell they deserve but also receive the Heaven they could never deserve! When we stand in glory with all the angels of God singing praises unto Him, will we not wonder what right we have to be there when we were the ones who rebelled against this same throne? How do we, who were once in the enemy’s camp, get Heaven when we deserved Hell? Such is the abundant mercy of God! We are born again “according to His abundant mercy.” Salvation is not something we deserve or can ever earn but it is an act of God’s mercy. How much mercy does God have? How much do you need? Do not believe Satan's lies or your own imagination but take God at His word when He says, “this is what I’m like, I’m merciful.”
- From Study #5173