“Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love” (Micah 7:18, NLT).

Movies often portray scenes of torture, which is difficult to watch. I always wonder how the torturer would feel if the tables were turned. Sometimes they are and the audience expresses pleasure that the one inflicting the pain gets some back. Torturing people for one reason or another is a practice as old as time and it seems in a twisted way, delights the one responsible. Humans are good at inflicting all kinds of pain, without thinking of how it affects others.

Some think God enjoys punishing us when we take wrong turns in life and make bad choices. Stories of hell-fire and eternal torture used to be popular and those ideas have stuck with us in our modern day. This verse tells us God takes no delight in our pain, rather the opposite is true. Any anger he feels is because of the horrible consequences of sin and how much it hurts us. He is actually slow to anger and doesn’t hold a sword over our heads or fire under our feet. He takes great delight in showing love and mercy and is eager to forgive. His love and mercy are unfailing and eternal.