Excerpt from a book that I am reading:
Yeremiyah 31:3 is a statement of love and restoration that comes after dark prophetic predictions of Yah punishing (our) people. Even when Yah allows us to suffer the consequences of our sin, He does not withhold His mercy.
Long ago the Most High said to Ysrayl: “I have loved you, My people with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.”
Everyone deserves to be punished for sin but Yah’s punishment is always tempered with mercy because of his great love for us. Ephesians 2:4-5 explains that we are saved from our sin only because of Yah’s mercy.
But Yah is so rich in mercy and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Yahoshua from the dead. (It is only by Yah’s special favor that you have been saved, writes the author).
Although we do not deserve to enter His presence, Yah wants us to come boldly before Him. Hebrews 4:16 promises that we will find mercy and grace—all that we need, exactly when we need it.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious Yah. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace (favor) to help us when we need it.
Yah loves to show mercy! He eagerly waits for us to repent so that He can shower us with forgiveness. Micah 7:18 declares:
Where is another Power like You, who pardons the sins of the survivors among His people? You cannot stay angry with Your people forever, because You delight in showing mercy.
One image of Yah pictures Him as judge and emphasizes His anger—as the righteous Sovereign, He judges sins and punishes sinners. Certainly this picture is true; Yah does reign supreme and just. And we should fear His wrath and obey His commands. This verse in Micah, however, emphasizes that Yah does not stay angry forever. In fact, Yah delights in showing mercy.
In this image, Yah is like a loving father with a disobedient child. Knowing that He must punish, He would much rather have the child repent so that He can show mercy and forgive.
The phrase “survivors among His people” refers to Yah’s true children…people of faith. That’s you, if you have trusted Yahoshua as Savior.
So hear the lesson: Your Father loves you and stands ready to show you mercy and pardon your sin. Don’t be afraid. Don’t run away in fear. Confess your sin and receive His grace. (Me: And never do that sin again).
Also read Romans 9:15-16, Yah shows mercy to those He chooses.