Grace and mercy, two terms often misunderstood. Grace is what God gives us when we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. Heb. 4:16 - let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.
Grace acrostic God’s Riches at Christ Expense. Mercy has to do with clemency, not giving us what we deserve.
Eph 2:1-9, verse 4 but God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Even though we were dead in our trespasses He raised us up together with Christ Titus 3:4-7. He saved us, not because we are good, or anything we did, but according to His mercy. Titus 2:11-14- Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Grace, the favor of God manifested toward all people for salvation. 2 Cor 8:9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet He became poor for your sake that you through His poverty might become rich.
It’s difficult to comprehend the riches He relinquished and the poverty He embraced; the perfect Son of God comes from ivory palaces into a world of woe and is mistreated and abused, forsaken, rejected and crucified; that’s hard for us to rasp, but we can stand back and marvel and praise God for what He was willing to do for you and me.
But just as difficult to grasp is that through His poverty I am rich, spiritually I am salvaged. God’s intentions for me eternally will be hard to really appreciate until we fully experience it.
Matt 18, and the parable of the two debtors. The one who owed him 10000 talents he forgave the debt. And yet, that man threw in prison another man who owed him 100 denarii, a significantly smaller sum. Basic 60 million denarii was forgiven him yet he would not forgive 100.
We can be so exacting and demanding of others over trifling things and yet our Master has forgiven us to a far, far greater degree.
Matt 5:38-48, we are being asked to display God’s grace, go an extra mile, etc. God’s grace is the standard by which we should operate. Eph 4:29, quote here. What about your speech graces the moment, uplifts, is positive and cheerful. Does our speech give grace to Others? Amazing grace - embrace it, continue in it. Jude 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 6:1. Do not receive the grace of God in vain. Acts 13:43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
What about God’s mercy? Isa. 63:7-9. God has demonstrated throughout history how merciful He is on His people. On the last day, instead of the grace of God, I will be more concerned about His mercy. On that day, will He overlook some things? We can’t answer that definitively. We do know that we will be judged based upon our abilities, opportunities and growth, and we know He will he just. We will all need God’s mercy on judgment day. 2 Tim 1:16-18, The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day--and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus
We need to be praying for mercy on that day, for us and all of our number.