If I listed all the attributes of who I am, one would not play a more significant role than any of the others in determining who I am. In essence, each characteristic, each element, combines to make the whole complex person. The combination of the basic points of personality, my environment, and experience have made me who I am today. Humorous is no more important than compassionate. Active leads to adventurous. Peaceful does not preclude challenging. I am a unique combination of parts of the 638 recognizable personality traits as determined by social scientist. Some of my traits are genetic without a doubt, but others have come with life and experience. No two of us are alike and yet many of us are so similar.
We have talked about God's attributes this week--this will be the 5th of the identifiable characteristics of God as revealed in His Word, but remember this is not a complete list. Merciful is one of the cornerstones of who God is. Though He is merciful---He also will judge--another of His attributes. Today I am thankful for His mercy. Mr. Webster tell us mercy is
compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
God's mercy is shown through the grace which is poured out when Jesus's blood was shed for us. I am thankful God is more free handed with His mercy than I am with mine. I am thankful He is teaching me the importance of being merciful. I am thankful the never changing, constantly present, tenderly loving, all wise Father is merciful and provides this sinner the way to the eternal road.