Sermon quotes on mercy

Augustine of Hippo

Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.

Richard Baxter

Special mercy arouses more gratitude than universal mercy.

Saint John Chrysostom

Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved.

Thomas W. Currie III

We sometimes find God’s forgiveness to be offensive: “It reveals us to be distressingly like everyone else!” (And we are so special.)


John of Kronstadt

Your Lord is a God of mercy and bountifulness: be a source of mercy and bountifulness to your neighbors. If you will be such, you will find salvation yourself with everlasting glory.

Thomas Merton

But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.

Alexandre Dumas

God is full of mercy for everyone, as He has been towards you. He is a father before He is a judge.

Woodrow Kroll

Justice is for those who deserve it; mercy is for those who don’t.


C.S. Lewis

Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.


Abraham Lincoln

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Alexander Pope

Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.

Charles Spurgeon

God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.

John Stott

If I withhold mercy, I have lost touch with the gospel. I have lost touch with God’s undeserved kindness and pardon.


Thomas Watson

God is more willing to pardon than to punish. Mercy does more multiply in Him than sin in us. Mercy is His nature.

Charles Wesley

Depth of mercy! Can there be Mercy still reserved for me?

Philip Yancey

By forgiving another, I am trusting that God is a better justice-maker than I am.


Eleanor Doan

Love your enemy-it will drive him nuts.

Brian Loritts

Al Capone, the most notorious gangster in American History, had these three words etched on his tombstone: “My Jesus Mercy”

Saving the Saved

Bryan Stevenson

There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise.

Just Mercy: A Story of Mercy and Redemption

Gayle Somers

All the cards in the deck of revelation about God’s mercy and kindness are stacked in favor of the unthinkable.

W.H. Auden

Every crook will argue, “I like committing crimes. God likes forgiving them. Really the world is admirably arranged.”

For the Time Being

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