Mercy & Grace

Mercy and Grace, is there a difference between Mercy and Grace? Yes!


I read an account of a pastor who had a dream, and in his dream he got on a bus full of Christians.  He was shocked by what he saw. Every one of those Christians looked like twisted pretzels; arms coming out of pant legs, legs coming out of shirtsleeves, heads turned backwards.  They were what he thought to be the best members of his church.


He asked the Lord about his dream, and the Lord told him they are examples of people who try to get their lives straightened out with their own efforts. And that is exactly what that pastor was teaching his people; self discipline, self-development, self-effort. He did not teach them about being included in Christ.


They were a people crippled by guilt and frustration. In their frustration with their lack of progress, they became legalistic. They even put expectations on others, expectations they could not live by.


Guilt is not from God, Mercy and Grace are from God!


What is the difference between Mercy and Grace?

  • In His Mercy God does not give us what our sins deserve
  • God’s Grace gives us what we don’t deserve, His help

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.


Let us then approach the throne of grace WITH CONFIDENCE, so that we may receive Mercy and find Grace to Help (not condemn) us in our time of need” – Hebrews 4:14-16.


Christian ALL of your sins have been taken away: past, present, and future sins, ALL of them. For more information click here


So, when we sin, and we do, our salvation is not affected, but we do grieve the Holy Spirit and that breaks our fellowship with Him.


Yes, but if ALL our sins are forgiven why would the Holy Spirit be grieved? Because He is the HOLY Spirit, and is grieved by sin. He does not leave us, thank God, He is the one who works in us bringing us to the place where we ask God to forgive us and cleanse us and restore us to fellowship – 1 John 1:8-10.


Plus Jesus is always interceding for us, never against us – 1 John 2:1,2.  He is able to save us completely - Hebrews 7:25.


From long years of experience I can confidently tell you that the provision of Hebrews 4:16 is real and it works.  Many times, when I was struggling with sin I ran before the Lord, you could say that I skidded in before the throne of grace with confidence knowing that I was welcome there.  And I was always confident that I would receive mercy and find the grace to help me in that time of need.


Never did I crawl in like a beggar, I went before the throne of grace full of confidence.  I always pray according to God’s Word: “Lord I’ve sinned, willfully sinned, I chose to do that (or think that way, which ever it was). Lord I’m struggling and I’m here to receive the mercy you promise in Hebrews 4:16, and I ask for your grace to help me get past this; in Jesus’ precious name.”


And then I raise my hands and begin to praise the Lord for His mercy and grace.  I could see myself standing in a throne room before the Lord on His throne of grace.  I always felt so welcome, no guilt trips.  And I could always sense the Lord’s please towards me because I was taking Him at His word.  And yes, the struggle was over, I walked away from that time of appropriation free and happy.


Personally, I don’t wait for God to drizzle out a few drops of His “unmerited favor (grace),” I go after it and receive it just like He tells me to in His word. God’s provision of grace as stated in Hebrews 4:16. This is true and it is true for you today. God's grace is always available for the taking;  it is for you Christian, but you have to receive it.


Every time you need God’s Mercy and Grace it’s there for you, enter in before the throne of Grace and receive it! Why struggle? Why try to change your life? Why do some people try to develop plans for change and personal development?  I guess some people like to accomplish things on their own.


Christian, because we’ve accepted Jesus Christ, God has LAVISHED His grace and love upon us – Ephesians 1:5; 1 John 3:1.  Believe it and receive it, live a life of thanksgiving! 

If you choose to believe and receive God's abundant provision of grace and His gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17), you find yourself giving thanks at the bank, in the store, while driving down the freeway, at home, at school, even at church.  You will be a vessel of thanksgiving and praise, and that pleases God! 


And guilt, fear, doubt, worry, anger, immoral thoughts and desires, jealousy, greed, gossip, ill feelings, every form of wickedness will leave you alone.  God inhabits the praises of His people wherever you are at, at any time of the day or night. 

An invitation:
If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift yet, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer. 

“Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross as the sacrifice for my sins; you are the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life, I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are; also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic, you find it hard to accept the truth of Jesus Christ, you can pray a prayer like this one: “God, if this is true please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of eternal life you purchased for me.” Thank you.



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