I had mercy and grace mixed up for years. I used them interchangeably as if they were the same concept. But Mercy and grace are totally different from each other but work together to meet the needs of God’s people.
Mercy is God’s not requiring payment for sin. Mercy sets us free when we should be held accountable. Mercy comes as a result of God’s amazing love and grace. In a personal example, I have received mercy several times from police officers that stopped me for a traffic violation but didn’t give me a ticket. I was guilty but I didn’t have to pay for my “crime”. Thank God for Mercy!!
In the basic form, grace simply means favor, but God’s grace is much more than that. Charles Capps says “grace is God’s willingness to use His ability and power on our behalf even though we don’t deserve it.” My own definition of grace is “Gods power, wrapped in God’s favor and energized by God’s love. “
In short: Grace is the power to change!
Without God’s mercy, we simply die in our sins and are heard from no more. But mercy keeps us alive and connected to God so that grace can do its job of changing us.
Hebrews 4:16 clearly shows the mercy and grace connection: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” When we have a problem or need in life, we are clearly instructed on what to do.
1. We boldly enter into God’s presence because of what Jesus has done on the cross. God’s favor toward us as His child enables us to walk right into His presence.
2. Once in God’s presence, we ask for His mercy in our situation. Maybe we have messed our life up big time or maybe we are under attack from the devil, but we need mercy in either case. We ask for mercy and we receive it. If we have sins to confess, we do so and receive mercy in the form of forgiveness.
3. Now we are ready to be empowered by grace to see our situation change by the power of God. Maybe we receive a scripture that builds our faith or God sends a person to minister to us. But grace provides answers and power to change our situation and grow our spiritual lives.
It is my prayer that we all realize that mercy and grace are just a prayer away. As we face life’s problems and seek do God’s will, the mercy and grace connection will empower us to experience victory in our everyday lives. Plus, we will be ready to meet the needs of those around us. Thank God for His wonderful gift of the Mercy and Grace Connection.