On the way to work today, listening to the radio, the station played “Amazing Grace.” It was an updated version, a little different in how it was sung than what I remember as a child, but the words were the same. And, yes, the grace He gives us truly is amazing. As I thought about that grace, I also thought about mercy and a while back I saw something that explained the difference between grace and mercy.
Borrowed this as it says it well:
Michael Stanly, studied at BiblicalTraining.org
Answered Jun 9, 2016 · Author has 136 answers and 71.2k answer views
“Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what you deserve. In the context of Ephesians 2–8 which states by grace you have been saved through faith, it’s talking about how there’s nothing one can do to be saved from God’s eternal wrath. You can’t earn it or do enough to earn salvation. Only God can give it to you as a free gift. By acknowledging that you are a sinner, believing in Christ and truly repenting and turning from your sins you can receive this free gift of salvation too. It the start of a new life with a new nature. God inputs these desires into y0ur heart. If you like my answer check out some of my books I’ve authored.”
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BUT….wow, His grace, giving me the forgiveness and salvation I don’t deserve is something that humans don’t really know how to do, yet God does it without hesitation, all we need do is confess our sins, that Christ is His son who died for our sins and was raised from the dead to defeat death. That is an amazing thing indeed.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Mercy, not giving me what I do deserve is pretty darned amazing too. I deserve to face eternal damnation for my sins, yet He gives me life eternal with Jesus. What an AWESOME God we serve.
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:13
Yes, He called me to repent and He showed me mercy. How can I thank Him for the kindness of His grace and mercy? I didn’t earn it, I did nothing to deserve it, yet it was given. Not only the grace and mercy, but redemption, forgiveness and salvation. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD!
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
All I can add is WOW!!!! Praise YOU Lord, Thank YOU for giving one as underserving as I the gifts You gave me.
Heavenly Father, I praise You and worship You. I thank You for the salvation, redemption of sin as well as the grace and mercy I was given. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your son, Jesus Christ who died for sinners like me. I pray in Jesus Holy Name that You continue the work in me, help me reach my potential in You and make me into the Christian that You want me to be for Jesus. Help me serve You better and to know how to seek You. I pray that You draw my loved ones to You and show us all Your true path for us and help us all reach the point we live in Your glory.
Thank you all for your time. I hope that something I wrote is a blessing to someone, that each of you have a blessed day and manage to be a blessing to someone else today as well.