We are the Product of Grace. It cannot be earned. It is a gift from God. We do not deserve it. God meets our indifference with forgiveness. He knows our sin well and it does not hinder His love for us. Grace gives us forgiveness for our sins, transgressions, iniquities, and yet it still enables us to live in such a way that pleases God.
Mercy, on the other hand, is the compassion and kindness shown to someone whom it is in One’s power to punish or render swift justice. How many times have God withheld judgement and punishment in your life?
Essentially, grace is a gift we don’t deserve, while mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve. Both of which are undoubtedly God’s ultimate expression of love for us and the bible teaches us to recognize, accept, and grow from God’s undeserved kindness!
To be able to respond to his grace and mercy fully, we must first recognize our need for such. We must humbly accept that we are all sinners and imperfect, and everything we have is thanks to Him. Let us shed our pride and shift our focus away from ourselves. Only by doing so can we acknowledge His presence in our lives and all the blessings we’ve received from Him.
He has given His grace and mercy for free, never asking anything in return. Thus, it’s only right to accept these acts of love with all our hearts. Wholehearted acceptance is the best way of showing our gratefulness for everything we’ve received.
When we accept His grace, we begin to grow in his love. In time, these seeds of love that He has planted in our hearts will take root and bear fruits. Through acts of kindness and compassion, we can then spread to the world the grace and mercy that He generously bestowed upon us.