Grace and Mercy
Both grace and mercy are often spoken of in the Scriptures. So much so we perhaps we glance over them as we seek the point of the verse or passages we read.
But we should take a moment to reflect on these words and consider how they apply to us or more specifically our eternal salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph. 2:8-9 NKJ
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Gen. 6:8 NKJV
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 NKJV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith. Romans 3:23-25a NIV
What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift (grace) but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:3-5 NIV
Grace as we see defined and exemplified here can be summed up as unmerited favor or gift of God. It can not be earned so we should stop trying to work at being saved. If we were able to earn God’s favor then Jesus would not have had to die. The Law which was given to Moses was not a standard we were ever expected to achieve but rather a mirror with which we would see our desperate need of a savior. The inability to keep all 613 laws outlined by Moses does not mean that we are free just throw up our hands and give in to sin.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:14-16 NKJV
Likewise Paul tells us that even under grace we will see the consequences of our actions. Even though our salvation has been a gift of God by His grace we should work to be as good as we can within our own frail abilities or suffer the consequences.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Gal. 6:7-8 NKJV
So if grace is God’s unmerited or unearned gift or favor, what then is mercy? Isn’t it the same thing?
Mercy is, in a simple way of saying it, the other side of the same coin! Let’s look closer.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 NKJV
Then many warned him (the blind man) to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:48 NKJV
For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Romans 11:30-32 NKJV
Mercy is simply translated from the greek word(s) “elehos” meaning compassion. In the verses above from Romans we see God’s mercy is mentioned in contrast to the disobedience of others. Mercy is God’s compassion.
Grace is God giving us that which we could never earn.
Mercy is God compassionately not giving us that which we deserve.
Whether we like it or not, we are born in sin and sin is in our nature. As such we deserve death – The wages of sin is death! Regardless of how proud you are of how good a person you think you are – you are a sinner. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Your only hope is to pray for mercy and receive the grace of God.
Mercy and Grace / Grace and Mercy
Two sides of the same coin and both given to us by God.
Without these two we are hopelessly lost and doomed to the darkness of Hell
If you haven’t already, I beg you, cry out to Jesus.
Beg for His mercy and receive His Grace!!
Be Blessed A&B