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Good morning child of God,

*Difference between grace and mercy*

So baie keer in ons Afrikaanse taal probeer ons dinge beskryf maar ons kom dan bietjie kort om die prentjie in ons taal te beskryf soos dit dalk in ‘n ander taal is. Onder andere 2 van die Engelse woorde wat net ‘n soveel ryker betekenis in Engels het as in Afrikaans is die woorde “grace” en “mercy”.  In Afrikaans beteken altwee genade maar volgens die Engelse prentjie verloor ons die kern en dié slaan krag van die woorde, daarom gaan ek hierdie ook nou in Engels beskryf, met ander woorde, what is grace and what is mercy?

Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve; Grace is God giving us something we do not
deserve.  We as children of God can not receive one without the other. Through salvation, we receive the mercy of forgiven sin and the grace of life in Christ, including eternity with Him.  Yeshua has come to give us life, and life in abundance according to John 10:10.

In Hab 3:2, the prophet asks the Lord to “in wrath remember mercy.” Despite God’s judgment, He asked for God to relent and not pour out the full wrath they deserved.  King David sought this mercy in
Ps 51:1-2 in confessing his sin: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” Despite his many failures, David asked God to relent and not bring upon him the full consequences of his sin.
Grace is God’s unmerited or unearned favour, it is Abba Father extending favour toward us that we do not deserve. Ephesians says we are saved through faith because of God’s grace. Saving grace is grace from God that provides salvation to a person. This is the grace described in Eph 2:8-9 that states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We are not saved by mercy, mercy is Abba Father
forgiving me my sins and Yeshua paying for it. God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve to be blessed. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.” Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what you do deserve.

Heb 4:16 blends these two ideas in one powerful statement, teaching, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
God did not have pity on us. He loved us. That’s a huge difference! God had mercy on us, Mercy is compassion. Mercy from the consequences of sin (John 3:16; Rom 5:8)

By acknowledging that you are a sinner, believing in Christ and truly repenting and turning from your sins you can receive this free gift of salvation too. It’s the start of a new life with a new nature.  God inputs these desires into our hearts. We can not earn grace and we do not deserve mercy, yet by the Blood of the Lamb , we receive both as a gift from God.

The Hebrew for “merciful” means “compassionate” or “full of compassion.” It means “to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, to bestow on others”

This is mercy: We have all sinned against a holy God.  We deserve eternal wrath in hell.  But in His mercy, God poured out on Yeshua the wrath we deserved on the cross, so we could escape His wrath.
For while we were still weak, Christ died for the ungodly, but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)

Because God is righteousness He will show mercy onto His children and pour out His wrath on the wicked
Ps 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Yes Abba Father is both gracious and merciful. Lets thank Him for that.

Abba, what a Mighty and all powerful God you are, thank you Abba for showing mercy towards us and for graciously blessing us with your kindness and love. Thank you Abba for eternal life. Thank you for your Son who paid the price of our sins. We praise You. Amen, Shalom

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