Well, He is both just and merciful. But I think that we tend to look at the God-is-going-to-be-angry-with-you-and-blast-you-to-smithereens side more than the God-sent-His-son-to-die-for-us-and-He-is-so-merciful side. It seems like we picture God sitting up in Heaven, waiting for us to mess up so He can punish us. That is so not God’s character!
If God doesn’t forgive, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to die on the cross. Because the just thing to do is not save the world. We don’t deserve to be saved, but God, in His everlasting, unending grace and mercy, sent Jesus so that we could be with Him forever.
God is a just God. But God is ALSO a loving, grace-filled God.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God IS LOVE.” ~1 John 4:8
“For the Grace of God had appeared that offers salvation to all people.” ~Titus 2:11