Good Faith, Repentance, Mercy is the legal
right to set aside any breach of a good faith contract in the presence of
repentance, as if the breach had never occurred. Mercy is a type of forgiveness.
Unlike remission, mercy does not blot out or erase the breach, but rather
strikes it out, draws a line through it or covers it up. The breach is still on
record, but set aside for the sake of the contract.
Mercy and Forgiveness
“If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness” (1
John 1:9 KJV).
If you claim
never to have breached an agreement, contract, promise or relationship, then you
are only deceiving yourself because everyone knows that you are lying. But, if
you just have enough integrity simply to come to Him and confess your breach,
you will find that the Lord is still standing in good faith
concerning your agreement, contract, promise or
relationship and He has the legal right to set aside your breach and expunge
every record of the wrong that was done.
On the other
hand, if you deny your breach, then you are additionally slandering the Lord’s
integrity, when it is
you that has no integrity (1 John 1:8-10 TGV).
For instance, if
Marcia, as an apartment manager, approaches a tenant to notify them that they
are in breach of their rental agreement for some infraction, she has the legal
right to immediately issue a 30-day notice for the tenant to move themselves and
all their possessions off the property. But she also has the legal option to
issue a 3-day notice to comply or quit, which requires the tenant to choose to
either comply with the agreement from this time forward or to move out. And
should the tenant choose to
comply, Marcia can legally “set aside” the breach allowing the contractual
continue as if no breach had ever happened.
After all, she is
in the business of filling the apartments with
tenants, as opposed to keeping tenants out or emptying apartments. God is like
that too. He is not trying to keep people out of His Kingdom. He is trying
to get as many people as possible into His
Kingdom. Not only that, but He is also doing everything He can to get you in on
His offers of salvation, healing, deliverance, provision, security
and so much more. Actually, anyone has the legal right to show mercy and forgive
any breach against them.
Marcia does not
want tenants to leave. But what if the guilty tenant denies the breach, and
refuses to “repent?” Repentance is the willingness of one who breaches a good
faith contract to admit the breach, ask for mercy or forgiveness, change their
behavior and make the breached contract whole again.
refuse to repent, then the breach stands and they can expect to be served with a
legal notice to
move out. You see, the moment that the tenant denies the breach, they are from
that point acting in bad faith and the relationship has became dysfunctional if
not adversarial. The denials are actually
accusations of bad faith on Marcia’s part, and
question her integrity. Note that if they move, Marcia did not kick them out. It
was the un-mended breach of contract that legally demanded them to be
It is exactly the
same with God. If you sin, then you have just breached a contract, which demands
repentance. Before the breach can be legally set aside, which will allow the
contract to continue through the mercy of God, there must be repentance.
usually following repentance, is what makes it possible to repair a breach. And
writes off any losses or punitive damages caused by that breach. Combined, mercy
and forgiveness make it possible for the relationship to be
restored, repaired and for all additional indebtedness caused by the breach to
be written off. Aren’t you glad that God provided such wonderful tools as
good faith, repentance, mercy and forgiveness? TGM