The book of Micah in the Old Testament can be described as a courtroom scene. The nation of Judah is on trial for their many sins. God pronounces them guilty and sentences them to exile. Despite the sobering, sad message, the book ends with a tremendous statement of God’s grace in chapter 7, verses 18-20.
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
If God can show compassion to a nation that turned their backs to him and walked away, how much more will he forgive us when we return to him? Truly amazing grace.