Micah 6:8 (NLT)
If an individual is convicted of a crime, one of two things will happen. Either he will be sentenced to prison or the judge will show him mercy and reduce his sentence. If he were to be shown mercy, he would more often than not be humbled by the grace of the judge and try to do better.
The truth is, justice, mercy, and humility are qualities that are hard to come by in humans. This is not the case with God. God is overflowing with this — it is His character and nature. He deeply desires us to model this type of attitude and behavior before the world.