In Psalms David calls out to the Lord. "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions." Psalm 51:1
Everyday I can look back and see something I did wrong. I see something I could have done better, been better at. The bottom line is I'm imperfect and everyday I sin. Even in Romans it says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Thank God that he is merciful. At the end of the day I don't have to live with regret or wallow in shame. For like David I can call out to my God for mercy and he answers. No matter how much I sin or how many my transgressions God has an unfailing amount of love and mercy to give to me and anyone who cries out to him.
By its very definition mercy is "compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power." It's one of the wonderful things about God. He chooses to be merciful. He doesn't have to, but he is anyway.
One of the difficult things to comprehend about God is that he accepts anyone and everyone who calls to him. He doesn't take one look at a person and say "Thanks, but no thanks." There is no rigorous application phase to get accepted. It's an open invitation.
But God doesn't just give mercy to us, he also expects us to give willingly to others.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Ouch! This cuts to the gut because getting right down to it, how merciful am I? Do I show to others what God has shown to me? Or do I judge others by my standards and leave out the whole mercy bit?
It leaves me something to think and pray about. That not only would God grant to me mercy, but that I would also give unselfishly to others.