I Pet. 1:3 His mercy endures forever, a phrase found often in the Psalms and bookending Psalm 118:1, 29. It is like a dream that forever flows.
How are grace and mercy related? Are they the same thing?
4 verses to consider 2 Cor 8:9 - for you know the grace of our Lord’s Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake, He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich Heb.4:16 - therefor let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need 1 Pet 1:3,4 - blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 2 Tim. 1:16,18 - the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains... the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day What is the difference between these two terms? Grace - God’s favor bestowed Mercy - leniency granted Mercy withholds the punishment we so rightly deserve. Grace not only withholds that punishment but offers the most precious gifts instead. Illustrations. - it was the mercy of God that stayed the knife that Abraham was ready to kill his son Isaac with. It was beyond that, the grace of God, that provided the ram in the thicket so he didn’t have to... It was mercy that allowed the prodigal son to run back to and be accepted by his father and it was grace that allowed the father to throw a banquet for him.... It is the mercy of God that pays sins penalty for us, but grace which provides the rich inheritance we receive by being born again..... It is the mercy of God that stops Saul on the road of Damascus and provides the opportunity and it is the grace of God that calls Paul to be an apostle... It is mercy that closes the door to hell and the grace of God that opens the door to heaven. Mercy keeps us from the great unpleasantness of our destiny and grace, over and above that, provides the blessings we could never have hoped for or earned. Grace is all the favor of God. The fount of every blessing. Mercy, is a part of the larger circle that represents grace. Still incredible, because without it we are without hope. Mercy is therefore a part of His grace, we could say. So now that we know the difference, what does that mean to you and me? Peace is added to those two terms in the opening of both of Timothy’s letters as well as 2 John. There are 14 other offerings that mention grace and peace together. Mercy and peace are offered together in two passages. So peace goes along with these two terms and we could say it is God’s grace and mercy which give us the peace we can have. Observations: 1. Grace and mercy should be a part of our regular prayers. We should be thankful continually for both. 2. They should be allowed to rule our disposition as well. We need to model the character of God, as His children. We need to extend that same grace and mercy to people we rub elbows with. Sometimes your spouse will need your grace and mercy. Our brothers and sisters in Christ need our grace and mercy. 3. Our thoughts of God’s amazing and generous gestures towards us should only grow over time. As we grow and mature, we should be more and more overwhelmed by God’s grace and mercy in our lives.