God is benevolent to what He created. We dwell under a friendly sky. Even the lost man receives life and breath from God. There is no greater display of God's perfections than His love in redeeming man.
God felt compassion for our need and stooped down in pity to meet it. His mercy did not begin at Calvary, but it led Him there. His grace is seen in that He turns to look on us with favor and shines His face upon us.
History is a story of God's mercy and continual work in bringing men back into restoration. Through the Word of God and the prophets He was continually calling men to Himself. His mercy was often shown to those who called on His name.
We need a clear understanding of the holiness of God. God is holy, and He must be the standard by which we measure our lives. Because of Who God is, He desires us to be a holy people unto Himself, separate and set apart to God.