Not one of us deserves God’s mercy, for “we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6), and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). What we deserve is death and eternal separation from the God who made us. Nevertheless, “it is because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22). “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:10-11).
It is by His mercy, not our merit, that we are saved. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). “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). It is “in his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
In fact, one of the very titles of God is “the Father of mercies” (2 Corinthians 1:3). Over and over the psalmist assures us that “His mercy endures for ever” (26 times in Psalm 136:1-26; also Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; and others). His mercy is not only infinite, but eternal.
How can one possibly reject His mercy? “Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). Sadly, most do. Instead, the divine challenge is: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2). This should be our logical response to God’s great mercy.
Source: by Henry Morris, Ph.D.