So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. —Hebrews 4:16 NLT
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Our Relationship with God: Mercy and Grace
The Bible says that the Lord God is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6 NKJV).
Have you ever questioned, “What’s the difference between God’s mercy and His grace?” Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.
God continually gives us both of these blessings even though we may not deserve them. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and that is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” God’s mercy leads us to forgiveness, while His grace leads us to reconciliation.
No matter what we’ve done in our past, God is ready and willing to grant us mercy and grace. In order to accept these gifts of mercy and grace, we must humble ourselves and admit to God that we are wrong and need Him. When we admit that we are sinners, we can accept God’s love for us as demonstrated through His ultimate gift— Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross.
Ask God for His mercy and grace to cover you today. Ask Him to reveal ways that you can extend this to others.
Thank God for His loving gift to you—sending His Son to die so that you may live with Him forever.