The Qualities of God's Mercy

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Qualities of God's Mercy

"I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever" (Ps. 52:8).

Meditate a little on this mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, he heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

He is as gracious in the manner of his mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself-it is infinite.

You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time-and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.

It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner's part to the kind consideration of the Most High. If the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire, he would have richly merited the doom, and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love is the only cause, for there was none in the sinner himself.

It is rich mercy. Some things are great, but have little power in them, but this mercy is a cordial to your drooping spirits; a golden ointment to your bleeding wounds; a heavenly bandage to your broken bones; a royal chariot for your weary feet; a bosom of love for your trembling heart.

It is manifold mercy. As Bunyan says, "All the flowers in God's garden are double." There is no single mercy.

You may think you have but one mercy, but you shall find it to be a whole cluster of mercies.

It is abounding mercy. Millions have received it, yet far from its being exhausted; it is as fresh, as full, and as free as ever.

It is unfailing mercy. It will never leave you. Your Father's mercy will be with you in temptation to keep you from yielding; with you in trouble to keep you from sinking; with you living, to be the light and life of your countenance; and with you dying, to be the joy of your soul when earthly comfort is ebbing fast.

From Morning and Evening

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