Mercy is the outward expression of concern and compassion by one who has the capacity to provide a need and exercises it. In us God saw the need for salvation, and having the capacity to provide it, mercifully provided it.

We are saved “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us….” (Titus 3:5)

We are to pray for mercy for ourselves:

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

If we need it, and we do, so do others. therefore we are to show mercy and pray for it for others:

“for judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” (James 2:13)

“God is the father of mercies” (II Cor. 1:3). Of Him it is said, “The Lord is very compassionate and merciful…” (James 5:11). As his children we must be like our Heavenly Father and show it.

“Therefore if there is an consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Phil. 2:1, 2)

In most Scripture the word “mercy” is in the active voice. It is not just something you know about, it is something you show.

To obtain it show it. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)