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4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.  



Grace and peace are standard features of Paul’s salutations, but mercy is not. Paul might have included this feature because pastors particularly need mercy. However, “mercy” is not found in some manuscripts.

2 Sa 24: 14 And David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

Ps 23: 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.


God never tires of giving His mercy to us.


We constantly need God’s mercy. God always makes good on His promise. He constantly gives His mercy to us, no matter how we fail Him.

La 3: 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

God is rich in mercy.

Eph 2: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

One of God’s titles is God of mercy.

2 Co 1: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,