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God Is Merciful and Forgiving
Case 3: The Goodness of God
Clue: 7

Question Answer
Would God rather punish or forgive?

God loves to forgive and to show us mercy by withholding the judgment we rightfully deserve. Lamentations 3:22 – Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In Lamentations 3:22, we get a good understanding of God’s mercy. Even though God’s people were disobedient and rebellious, He was not giving up on them! God always holds on to His chosen people.

In this verse, the word mercies has the idea of “loyalty” or “devotion.” God is devoted and loyal to His children. He is on their team, and He wants to forgive them.

“Mercy” is withholding judgment that we have earned. When God shows us mercy, He is not giving us something bad that we actually do deserve. When God shows grace to us, He is giving us something good that we do not deserve.



 

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