Step 4: We realize/admit that we have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either.
Mercy is God’s steady, persistent refusal to wash His hands of a wayward people. God is both just and merciful, and there should be no doubt here which one of those qualities He favors. Exod 20:5-6; Num 14:18-19; Psa 103:10; 145:9;
Now is not the Day of Judgment; it is the day of salvation. We are storing up wrath when we condemn others, because this is a time in history when God is overlooking these things so He can attend to the salvation of many as possible. There is a reason for God’s restraint. The longer He waits, the more who can be saved. Rom 2:1-5; 2 Pet 3:9, 15; 2 Cor 6:2; Jam 2:12-13;
Sometimes I wonder if as Christians we can prefer the destruction of our enemies over their salvation. Would that be cause for great rejoicing, or would we go off and sulk somewhere like Jonah? One of the ironic similarities between heaven and hell is that no one in either place thinks they got what they deserve. Our first thought should be that our enemies might repent and receive the same mercy that God has shown us. Jon 4:2, 9-11; 2 Cor 5:17-20; Rom 10:1-4, 17; 11:22-36; 12:3,10,16; 13:8; 14:7-13; 15:1-6