God’s Number One Characteristic



The world portrays God as a God of judgment. But God reveals himself first and foremost as a God of mercy. Mercy is his number one characteristic in the Bible. More than his sovereignty, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, or any other fancy words about him; more than his anger or justice or judgment—more than anything else—the number one attribute of God in scripture is his mercy. All the way back, when he revealed his glory to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, God said, “This is my name: The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6, NKJV). Notice the first characteristic is mercy. God did not say, “I am the Lord God, just and righteous,” or “eternal and all-powerful.” He said, “Do you want to know who I am and what I’m like? I am merciful. Everything I do for you flows from my mercy.”

Lord God, you are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you.



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