Micah 7:18-19; Romans 3:21-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 1:3–5
“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
God commanded Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh to tell the Ninevites that they were going to be destroyed because of their sinful ways. Jonah disobeyed God and instead headed toward Tarshish. God did not allow Jonah to continue in his disobedience. He pursued Jonah, causing a great storm in the sea, which resulted in Jonah being thrown overboard. It was through God’s mercy that Jonah was swallowed by a great fish and his life was saved. Jonah then went to Nineveh and the Ninevites heard Jonah’s message and repented of their sins. God spared them, showing them mercy instead of the justice that they deserved. God pursues the unjust to show them mercy because He is a merciful God.
God Is Just – God Gives Mercy
Every decision that God makes is perfect and completely just. He is a good judge who cannot and does not allow evil to go unpunished. This means that God must punish injustice. The problem that we all face is that we are unjust sinners. We deserve justice. God’s justice is why we need a substitute, and He sent Jesus to become that substitute. Instead of justice, those who place their faith in Jesus receive mercy.
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