William Shakespeare wrote, "The quality of mercy is not strain'd. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessed; It blesses him that gives and him that takes." It could be that he understood something about this amazing provision of God to sinners. When mercy becomes a reality in the heart of a Christian, that person's life becomes a beacon to people who are struggling.
Many of us are trying to stay afloat by our own strength, playing the part of "good Christians" yet feeling defeated at every test. In fact, the main purpose behind every trial is to conform us to Christ's image. A significant part of His essence is the manifestation of mercy.
Mercy is one of the most releasing characteristics of the nature of God. Without it, we could never receive all the benefits of His love and grace, since we would always be trying to measure up to His standards. Only a broken vessel can be made available to this ministry of mercy. And only one who has received mercy can rest with the Lord in the midst of the storm.
I am so overwhelmed that our precious Lord is like this. No wonder the Bible says, "Unto you which believe, He is precious."