We often have little trouble believing God is gracious to others, but do have a hard time believing God could possibly accept us. We know the worst of ourselves — just how imperfect we are — and we wonder if God could ever love someone like us. We're so used to the idea that there is almost always some fine print somewhere; some strings attached, that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's the way our world works. But it's not the way God works. tells us that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. It goes on to say that God does not deal with us according to our sins, but has compassion, like a loving father.