Thoughts on Prayer: Mercy and Grace
I often hear the words grace and mercy used interchangeably. As if they were synonyms of one another. May I suggest they are not. The following is the “thought” I had on this subject while in route to church this morning:
Mercy – God refrains Himself from giving what we deserve or have earned.
Grace – God gives what we do not deserve or have earned.
Question: which is necessary for salvation? I am not a theologian however, I believe the answer is both.
In and through Christ, God placed upon Him(Jesus) all the wrath and judgment we deserved. Through Jesus, God extended mercy. It does not matter how “good” we are or how hard we try, we will never achieve the goodness and kindness of God in and of ourselves. It is only by receiving the sinless and blameless sacrifice of Jesus’ shed blood upon the cross we become holy and blameless in the sight of holy God. The Bible tells us, “…without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness or remission of sin.” Hebrews 9:22. The Bible goes on to state in Romans 5:6-8, “…while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
In and through Christ, God gives us everything we have not deserved: life-here and in eternity, all the fruits of the Spirit (found in Galatians 5), forgiveness, abundant life that is truly life, the ability to genuinely love and be loved, righteousness( in right standing with God) etc. Through Jesus, God gives grace. Romans 6:23 tells us, “the wages of sin is death but, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus our Lord.”
All this originated from the father heart of God. For He made Him(Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him(Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21). Both grace and mercy originate with God and are administered through His son, the LORD Jesus Christ. Brilliant! Don’t you think?