Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
The Greek word here, “hileos” is the word for merciful. It is primarily used in the Old Testament when speaking of God’s mercy and it is the only time it is used in the New Testament. Literally, it means propitious, gracious, merciful – God forbid.
Let’s let that sink in a bit. “God forbid.” You see, God cannot overlook sin or unrighteousness for He is pure, holy, and the very essence of all righteousness. While He might stay judgment, judgment is inevitable. But God forbid such eternal calamity would fall upon mankind. God holds back what we rightly deserve.
God is MERCY.
The very first demonstration of it was in the Garden of Eden when Adam & Eve sinned. He could have destroyed them and started anew. Instead, He had compassion upon them casting them out of the Garden sparing them eternal separation from their Beloved Creator with the promise of redemption. Since then, never a day has passed where His mercies were not and have not been experienced. From the “stiff necked” people delivered from Egypt, through the adulterous acts of idolatry in the seasons that followed, God has withheld utter destruction, showing His perfect mercy and faithfulness to His people – even through rebellion. But above all, His glorious expression of mercy is in the fulfillment of the promise: Jesus. Sending His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins, He has declared undeserved mercy, forgiveness and the promise of eternal life with Him. He demonstrated His mercy and compassion toward all people; the sick, the sinner, the poor and the wealthy. Even to those who nailed Him to the cross saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” God’s mercy came to us all in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Even now, He remains merciful. He tarries allowing us to repent, giving us time to surrender all to Him. But He will not withhold judgment forever. The day is coming very soon when He will come again. Let us not waste anytime sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, giving opportunity for the lost to know salvation through His Son. Let us not take His mercy for granted, but let us worship Him with thanksgiving and praise for His unmerited mercy!
Lamentations 3:22–23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.