Psalms 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.”
Psalms 103:8 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.”
Psalms 86:15 “But Thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.”
Throughout the psalms, the psalmist wants to iterate that God is gracious.
And the Father’s character is consistent in the parables of Christ.
There once was a father with two sons. One disrespected his father, took his inheritance and used it to fulfill his own desires. The other stayed close to home and hoped to please his father by doing good. He often wondered why the father favored the lost son.
But the father lovingly reminds the faithful son, “All I have is yours.”
Andrew Murray (Deeper Christian Life) comments:
Thank God, He has given us His son; and in giving Him, He has given us all things that are in Him, He has given us Christ’s life, His Love, His spirit, His glory.
When tempted to complain when life doesn’t shake out exactly how I wanted, I have to preach to myself that I have a gracious father. I have a father who has given me all that I have undeservingly and out of His love.
He is gracious.