- For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. - Romans 9:15, 18
It is God’s mercy which cancels the debt of sin through the sacrifice of His Son.
- But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, - Ephesians 2:4-6
Grace gives individuals blessing they do not deserve, but mercy withholds the punishment they do deserve. God doles out His mercy according to His sovereign choice. God demonstrates His mercy, as well as grace, by meeting both temporal needs and spiritual needs.
- Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16
Obtaining God’s forgiveness and favor in times of need means that God gives help at the precise moment it is needed. When temptation comes, God provides His mercy and grace to find an escape from the temptation.
- No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13