My God is…showing clemency Micah 7:18-19

29 May

Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity Psalm-107
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.

Definition of CLEMENCY

1a : disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due
 b : an act or instance of leniency
2: pleasant mildness of weather
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession?
How amazing is our God? What boss, what parent, what friend would put up with all we do that is abominable in His eyes? We are consistently falling short of reflecting God’s glory. Especially as those who already know Him, we should know better. We should do better. We wouldn’t be so quick to forgive the outright disobedience and disrespect that we show to our God. But God is better than us. He passes over the transgression to get to the soul. He pardon’s the iniquity so that we can remain in relationship with Him even though we don’t deserve it.

He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency.

Does that mean that God doesn’t mind that we do bad things? I don’t think that’s what it means, I just think it means He knows our sins have been dealt with on the cross. He knows our hearts and our intentions. He knows whether or not we are seeking to be more like Him or if we don’t care about having  a relationship with Him. He knows our heart, and like a father forgives the daughter he loves so much, God forgives us. He looks into our eyes and says, “come here and give me a hug.” Not only does he not hold onto His anger forever, He likes to be lenient, to be gracious and merciful.

Maybe an even closer analogy is the love of a grandparent. Grandparents love their grandchildren so much. The often see the stupidity or recklessness of their grandchildren, but when the child’s parent tries to discipline them, the grandparent may say something like, “They didn’t mean to. Please don’t be mad at them.” Like a grandparent shows clemency so God shows us clemency. I know that I’ve told this story before, but it’s my best example of my mother’s clemency. She used to pray that I would not get the full consequences of my sin. She knew as I grew up there would be times that I would be stupid, make bad decisions and probably deserved to get in trouble. My mom didn’t want me to get away with things. She knew I had some lessons to learn, but I think she really didn’t want me to end up in jail or pregnant. By the clemency of God (and some prayers on my moms part) I was not given the full consequences of my sins.

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

God, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, has removed our sins and taken them as far away from us as possible. We don’t have to keep thinking about them. We don’t have to try to pay for them by self-loathing, over compensating or self-neglect. We can, because of what He’s done for us, freely explore the life of significance the Lord has designed for us. We no longer are held captive by the sin of this world. Close your eyes and imagine the Lord taking all your sins from you. Make sure you open the closet of your heart and give Him the ones that are still eating away at your soul. Then imagine you can see Him throwing them down to the depths of the sea. The will never be brought back up by the Lord, make sure you don’t go diving for them.

You have been shown clemency!



Posted by on May 29, 2013 in My God is showing clemency


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4 responses to “My God is…showing clemency Micah 7:18-19

  1. Mark Abresch

    May 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    You’re spot on. God doesn’t give us what we deserve…we take his blessings for granted, as if we deserved them…truly we don’t deserve the good thigs we have.

    • Jill Richard Internet Marketing

      May 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      I’m so grateful I don’t get what I deserve. I would be in pretty bad shape! Thank you for reading my blog Mark

  2. Ride 4 The King (@Ride4TheKing)

    February 1, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Hi Jill,
    I found your website (article) after searching for the meaning of the word “clemency” – I have been hearing/praying this word over and over in the spirit (in other tongues) and it is with a heavy heart that I hear this prayer. I believe the spirit of Truth is revealing the time we are in and our need to pray (for ourselves and others) for great clemency. The nations have turned far from God and our sins are great – a heavy burden, carried on the cross by the lamb of God. Much love to you sister, and to your mother if she is still praying for you.
    Your brother in Christ – Neil

    • Jill Richard

      February 1, 2021 at 12:43 pm

      Neil, Thank you for your comment. My mom is still praying for me, and probably a little bit of the old “may she not have the full consequences of her sins”, but most are more to strengthen and preserve my faith. It is such a blessing that the Lord knows our hearts and those who need clemency can receive it in our Lord Jesus Christ – All His best for you, my brother in Christ, Neil!

      Sincerely – Jill


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