God is a God of grace and mercy. In fact grace and mercy are two of the most valuable things the Lord can ever lavish on your life. Money cannot buy them. They are free to every person who needs them. Let’s take a closer look at these “twins” of blessing:
The New Testament word for grace, “charis”, has a variety of meanings. It is translated favor, benefit, gift, joy, pleasure and thanks. Grace originates from God as He bestows favor and blessing on us. Grace indeed is unmerited favor, but oh so much more. . . God’s grace is a constant power in our lives and unchangeable. It reaches into eternity beyond our limits and boundaries.
Grace is connected to salvation
Eph 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Grace brings us within reach of Christ’s sacrifice and faith activates His power in us. The gift of God is eternal life, through Christ Jesus. Rom. 6:23
Grace is connected to the power of God
In 2 Cor. 12:9 God answered Paul’s prayer in a remarkable way. Paul prayed 3 times concerning a special situation in his life. He called it a thorn in his flesh and he connected it to a direct demonic attack. When God spoke to him about this He said: My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness. The Greek word for sufficient is “arkeo”. It means to “ward off, be enough, be sufficient.” It is connected to an idea of raising a barrier. God was saying: “Paul I am giving you grace. My grace is enough to build a barrier around you that will not be penetrated. What you have in my grace is enough for you to overcome. You need nothing besides it!” This is an amazing thought! Then God went on and said: “My strength is made perfect or fulfilled in weakness.” The Greek word here is “teleioo”. It means “to complete / to accomplish / to finish” God’s strength needs weaknesses to be perfected. What would strength’s purpose be without weakness to work on, finishing its effect? God’s power has a finishing effect on your every weakness. It all comes in the form of His grace! Want your weakness to end? Get grace!!
Grace is connected to our giving
The apostle Paul give us insight into another great aspect of grace in 2 Cor. 8:1-4 He was speaking of the grace of God evident in the churches in Macedonia. . . And a result of God’s grace on them was their tremendous sacrificial giving. The saints in Jerusalem was going through terrible financial difficulties and the saints in Macedonia responded according to the grace of God by giving voluntarily and even beyond their natural abilities. When we step into the realm of grace we step into the realm of the supernatural. John 3:16 says: God so loved the world that He gave. . . God’s grace causes us to want to give to God as well. Influenced by grace the people of God are generous themselves, being a blessing to those in need.
While grace is connected to eternity mercy is connected to our daily lives. The New Testament word for mercy is “eleos” and means: “kindness / compassion”. According to the Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament words eleos is the outward manifestation of pity; it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to the need on the part of him who shows it. Eph. 2:4 says God, rich in mercy. . .
We all have needs and they vary day to day. One day we need healing, the next we need wisdom. Then we need provision, or encouragement or answers to questions. Friend God’s mercy says that He feels your pain, sees your need and is ready to rush to your aid! God’s mercy also tells us that God has the adequate resources to meet our every need according to His richest in glory!
Mercy is fresh every day
While grace is constant and stable, mercy has a changing quality that stays up to date with our daily lives. We read in Lam. 3:22-23 that because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. God cannot run out of mercy for your life. He does not get tired of coming to your aid. Every morning you wake up He has a fresh batch of mercy to make today successful in your life.
Mercy is connected to God’s attitude towards you
God loves you and there is nothing you can do about it! As a child of the King you are assured that He has given you grace and mercy! Grace will get you to heaven and mercy will get you through the earth. Grace’s reward is eternal life. Mercy’s reward is quality and successful life here and now. Grace beckons you to glory while mercy ensures your safe passage.
How do I ensure grace and mercy in my life?
Heb. 4:16 is clear. Mercy is obtained and grace is found. God is the Source of both. The way He gets it to you differs somewhat from another. To obtain something means “to take / to get hold of / to accept / to receive”. In order to obtain mercy you have to take it in order to carry it away with you or to make it one’s own by seizing it or to take a thing due according to agreement. (Thayer’s Dictionary) Friend, when you gave your life to Jesus by accepting His sacrifice on the cross for your sins, you entered into a covenant with Him. According to that agreement you are entitled to, among other things, His mercy. Will you take what belongs to you every morning?
Grace is found. The word here suggests a search for it. Since grace is connected to salvation it can be found with One Person alone. You will not find it with man where grace at most is tolerance. Jesus said I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father accept through Me. (John 14:6) He also said Seek and you will find. . . Stop looking for acceptance and favor in the eyes of people. Find it in the heart of Jesus! Step into that grace that is enough to make you complete! You will obtain mercy and find grace when you boldly approach the Throne of grace, relying on the saving power of Jesus Christ. There all your eternal and fleeting needs will be met by grace and mercy!