Imagine you have a child who decides to take drugs and your child becomes addicted. At first, you do everything in your power to encourage your kid to get off the drugs.
A few years down the track that same son or daughter is stealing drug money from you. You make the tough decision to kick your child out of home with no money to “learn the hard way.”
This is your “wrath” as a parent. It is similar to God’s wrath. Wrath simply means allowing people to suffer the consequences.
A couple of years after that, your child changes his or her mind and decides it was a bad idea to take drugs. This is called repentance.
Your child comes home and you immediately offer your support while he/she detoxes from the drug addiction. This is called mercy.
God’s wrath leads to repentance.
Repentance leads to mercy.
God shows MERCY TO ALL