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Sunday 7 July 2019

Mercy and Grace by Christ Jesus

The Mercy and Grace of God. 
This I thought was a suitable summary of the difference:
*Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve.
 *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.”.
Both Grace and Mercy are gifts from God.

They are attributes of our God.
As our God is holy and righteous, He is also gracious and merciful.
Mercy is undeserved favour.
Grace is a gift of God.
 God’s grace is given to believing ones, that we by faith in Him might have the gift of salvation. 
Freely given, but cost our Saviour so dearly..
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8, 9

So Grace is a necessary gift for our salvation.
Mercy and grace are intertwined in our salvation.
Mercy likewise is a gift of God too. 
It is not in our sin-filled nature to be either completely gracious or merciful, although mercy and grace can be shown by some who are compassionate, yet not knowing God themselves.
However God’s mercy is perfect and pure, with eternal consequences.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he saved us..” Titus 3:5a
Praise God for His saving mercy.. freely given to all who call upon His dear Son Jesus to be their own Saviour.
Grace is measured by God, I believe it’s in measure according to the measure of our faith.
“But unto every one of us 
is given grace 
according to the measure 
of the gift of Christ.” Eph 4:7

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, 
to every man that is among you, 
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; 
but to think soberly, 
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Rom 12:3

"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, .. according to the proportion of faith;" Rom 12:6

And SO...
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace
that we may obtain mercy
and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16 
Did you catch that.. all of it?

Oh, Lord, help us that we would truly walk moment by moment in the light of this command.. 
Yes! it is a command!
Let us come BOLDLY
to the throne of GRACE
and obtain MERCY
and GRACE to help in time of need!

“For the law was given by Moses, 
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

Mercy came by the law, the first (Old) testament.
Grace came through Christ and the second (New) testament.

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, ...
he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy." Mic. 7:1

As we appropriated salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus, let us take by faith, the gift of grace for each and every moment of the day .. for as Paul said God's grace is all sufficient.

"My grace is sufficient for thee, my Strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9

Surely the all sufficiency of God's Grace, shows us how great His Mercy is toward us, we who were "once dead in trespasses and sins". Eph  2:1-5

A prayer below to pray every moment of every day. 
A great great command too...

"..GROW in GRACE, 
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Pet. 3:18

Let me then be always growing,

Never, never standing stil.
Listening, learning better knowing,
Thee and Thy most blessed will,
Till I reach Thy holy place,
Daily let me grow in grace. (Unknown)

“Be ye therefore merciful, 
as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:36

We are commanded:
 be both Merciful 
and to Grow in Grace!
Praying earnestly that this blesses you even more than it did me (& I was greatly blessed; some posts are written quickly, this one over weeks with a gentle leading of the Spirit๐Ÿ˜Š). 
If so blessed, please kindly leave a comment, time permitting. 
May God richly bless your day in every way. 
Praying for you, Shaz in Oz. x


Brenda said...

Thank you for this post Sharon. Hugs, Brenda

Marilyn Mathis said...

I'm reminded of the lyrics,
"Come, Thou Fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise."
"Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee."

What great debt we owe to the Lord for His abundant grace!
Thanks Shaz for reminding us! Hugs

Cheryl said...

Oh, thank God for His abundant grace and mercy to us! Where would we be without Him and His constant presence and indwelling in our hearts and lives? He is our Strong Tower, our Defender, our Savior, and our dearest Friend. Praise His name for ALL He is to us! I love that song, too. It is one of my all-time favorite hymns. Yes, "Come Thou Fount" and dwell more fully in me, dear Lord. Sending love and hugs and praying for you, dear sis.

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful words Shaz, and so very true - thank you!
Blessings and prayers

Anne said...

Thank you for this dear Shaz!You are a blessing!

Betsy said...

Grace! What a wonderful gift from our loving Father. And without His mercy we would be lost. Thank you for this beautiful post my dear Shaz. How wonderful to know that we can come before His Throne and He will receive us with love.

Betsy said...

Grace! What a wonderful gift from our loving Father. And without His mercy we would be lost. Thank you for this beautiful post my dear Shaz. How wonderful to know that we can come before His Throne and He will receive us with love.

Sunshine Country said...

Praise God for His amazing grace and mercy, through Jesus Christ. I was thinking on these things yesterday, when I was cast down at the thought of how weak and sinful I am on my own, and my great need of the Lord to do anything pleasing to Him. The Lord greatly comforted me while reading Romans chapters 3 and 4, and made me to rejoice once again in the grace of God justifying me through the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood. The most recent post on my blog was on these thoughts, as the "Old, Old Story" is the sweetest one to tell.