February 23, 2016

Mercy and Grace

Mercy - a kindly forbearance shown toward an offender.

Grace - clemency, pardon, immunity.

The two words have different meanings.

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy," (Matthew 5:7).

An example of mercy is when that wayward child of yours, or one that belongs to another, does something that appears irresponsible to you, and maybe he/she has been less than forthright with you, and then they ask for a favor, and you do it, not because its deserved, or their behavior is perfect.

Every man, woman, and child experience God's mercies every day that they live.

Rain falls on the just and the unjust, and the sun does not rise only on the redeemed (Matthew 5:45).

When it comes to grace, God showers it on the repentant (Romans 5:5).

Grace, through faith, saves a soul from sin (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Grace is known after repentance.

Mercy is shown before (and after) repentance.

Everyone knows of mercy whether they acknowledge it or not.

The redeemed know God's grace, and acknowledge it, and are eternally thankful for it.

In turn, they show mercy, and in their obedience, they are happy.

How will you know the difference between grace and mercy in your life?

Do you extend unconditional forbearance to all, including the slow, or con artist, or liar?

Are you generous with your possessions, time, and energy to those who others deem unworthy?

When someone rubs you the wrong way, do you turn the other cheek?

If so, then you know God's grace.

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