“The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.” -Billy Graham
Mercy And Grace
I grew up hearing this well-known quote. The concept of Grace can be hard to grasp sometimes. Especially, with a culture so shame-based and mercy seeming so far from reach. But, did you know that mercy and grace are actually two different things?
Compassion And Favor
Mercy is the act of withholding deserved punishment, while grace is the act of endowing unmerited favor. In His mercy, God does not give us the punishment we deserve, namely hell; while in His grace, God gives us the gift we do not deserve, namely heaven. The Greek word used for mercy is referred to as “Eleos” which is defined as pity, or compassion. For Grace, they use, “Charis” which is defined as favor.
Mercy leads us to the path of forgiveness, while Grace leads us to reconciliation. We all need both God’s grace and mercy. The good thing about both is that they lead us into God’s Presence. Culture today forces people to believe that shame is something that they have to live by. But, God’s word says otherwise. God calls us to ask for forgiveness when we sin, and with the help of the Holy Spirit’s conviction in our lives, we’re lead into repentance. Though undeserving, it’s God’s grace and mercy that we’re able to keep learning, and growing in spirit and as human beings.
Life would be impossible without God’s mercy. It’s what allows us to not enter into condemnation. It doesn’t allow us to be defined by our mistakes. His promises never fail and it never grows weary. Stand on this truth today, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
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