The qualities of God’s character by which he shows himself compassionate, accepting, and generous to sinful human beings, shielding them from his wrath, forgiving them, and bestowing on them his righteousness so that they can live and grow in faith and obedience. Grace and mercy are particularly expressed through God’s covenant with his chosen people and through Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross.
God’s grace and mercy are made known in Jesus Christ
God shows grace to Noah, saving him from the flood and afterwards establishing a covenant with him:Ge 6:8,22; Ge 9:9-11 God shows mercy in saving first Jonah and then (following their repentance) the people of Nineveh; Jnh 1:1-3,17; Jnh 2:1-3; Jnh 3:1-10; Lk 15:11-32 The forgiving love of the prodigal’s father illustrates the divine mercy of God.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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