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I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

God's love is merciful. He desires reconciliation, peace, forgiveness. He does not hold grudges.

Psalm 103:8-18
v. 8 Compassionate (or merciful) - used 13 times in the OT, all referring to God’s compassion. His mercy or compassion is unlike any other.
“Mercy” is the act of forgiveness, especially if you have the authority to punish.
“Compassion” is sympathy for someone in a bad situation because you understand and care about them (vv. 13-14)

God desires to show us mercy.
Hosea 6:6
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
He wants to show us mercy. He does not want sacrifice – even in the OT, God wanted to show his people his mercy and compassion.