The bible surprises me sometimes; it’s amazing how often I find a phrase in there that I’m SURE I’ve never heard before. This is why we need to read it for ourselves.
We often hear the first half of that verse, but the second? It offers us a definition of who we are as Christians: we are ones who have ‘received mercy‘.
Of course this isn’t a popular emphasis. In our modern, democratic world the fact that God is an absolute ruler doesn’t fit well. And beyond that is the reality that we are all accountable to God for our actions in this world. We don’t like that at all. But it’s there; the word occurs over 100 times in the bible, in both Old and New Testaments.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” Titus 3
So when we talk about God, we need to be aware of this truth so that we aren’t telling only part of the truth. The reality, of course, is that we don’t deserve the amazing things that God pours upon us. But we MUCH prefer to pretend otherwise!