To receive mercy, give mercy. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matt. 5:7)

None of us deserve God's mercy. "For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." (Romans 9:15)

God delights in mercy. "Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19)

When we are merciful, this can draw people to Christ. "Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy." (Romans 11:31)

God's desire is to be merciful to all people. "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." (Gal 3:22) "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:32)

We can show mercy by giving, acts of kindness, forgiving, and understanding. We can be charitable in our evaluations of others.

We can trust in God's mercy in times of trial: "Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." (James 5:11)

The alternative to mercy is judgment: "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." (Romans 11;22) "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment." (James 2:13)

All scripture on this page is from the King James Bible.