My favorite verses demonstrating the grace and mercy of God in Christ

The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,Even the wicked for the day of evil.– Prov 16:4

And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.– Mt 24:31

Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? – Luke 18:7

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are (WHAT?) THE called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. – Romans 8:28- 30

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. – Romans 9:15-16 (the whole chapter)

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;– Romans 11:5-7

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. – 2 Thes 2:13

Well from all of these scriptures we must conclude that God is in charge of things and not us. We can do nothing to gain salvation from God. Instead we honor Him in many ways including works and rejoice that our citizenship and home is in heaven. With our repentant prayer toward Him to be saved, we agree with Matthew 16:17: “…for flesh and blood hath not revealed it, but by The Father which is in heaven.”