God's Grace and Mercy!
As we read God’s Word we often don’t understand the true meaning because we do not know what some words mean. Even in our world today words can have different meanings or people will use words differently. We recently looked at the words, “Faith, Hope and Love” and now we are going to look at two more words, “Grace and Mercy.” Although Grace and Mercy are alike in some ways, they are not the same. Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve and grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve. Grace and Mercy are best demonstrated in salvation. We are all sinners and we deserve death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 KJV) Sin pays us what we earn – death, but God gives us want we need – eternal life. God in His love gives us what we did not earn or deserve. Instead of judgment, we receive salvation and forgiveness of sins through the grace and mercy of God. As we look at different words, we will be taken back to passages that we have already read but it is important to read them again to help us understand other words in the passage. One of those passages is where we find the words grace, mercy and love. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).” (Ephesians 2:1-5 KJV) Grace is the love of God in action, forgiving our sins, transforming our lives, nurturing us in the new life, guiding us in His service and preserving us for eternity. Grace is the word used for all those spiritual blessings God gives to His children. God gives grace…we don’t earn it or work for it. In the passage above, we read that we were dead in our sins…in other words, because we were controlled by our sinful nature we were doomed to an eternity without God. We deserve God’s wrath but the passage shifts to God’s mercy, love and grace. The passage says that God is rich in mercy. We deserve punishment but in His mercy He forgives us of our sins and saves us from hell through the sacrifice of His Son. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV) We will continue to look at the Scriptures to help us understand how blessed we are because of God’s Grace and Mercy.