When I pray for others, especially those in seemingly dire circumstances, I ask God to be gracious and merciful to them. A close look at the Bible will show that God is always being and wanting to be both gracious and merciful. In this next quote, R. H. Mounce list some of the prominent mercies that God provides.
The “mercies of God” are his redemptive activity (Rom 3:25), “peace with God” (Rom 5:1), reconciliation (Rom 5:10–11), freedom from the power of sin (Rom 6:18), the abiding presence of the Spirit (8:11), adoption into his family (Rom 8:15–16), a love from which we can never be separated (Rom 8:38–39), and the assurance that God never goes back on his word (chaps. 9–11), to name some of the more prominent ones. These “mercies” provide not only the basis but also the incentive for all moral effort on the part of the Christian.
 Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (50–51). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 4:02 AM CDT