Two words we hear a lot about. They are so common in churches. Almost everything we believe in is related to them. We can’t be Christians if we have not stood face to face with them. Without them there is no forgiveness and no eternal life. Aren’t we all trying to live longer? Aren’t we all praying for a cure from death? We want to live. Why death? Why losing our loved ones and then comes our turn to leave people who love us behind. Without them bitterness will fill our hearts. How can we forgive those who hurt us? How can we welcome them back into our lives? How can we reach out to them when they are in time of need? It’s all because of those two single words – Mercy and Grace.
Mercy! What a beautiful word. I am not speaking of the letters of course. The beauty of the word is in its meaning. Mercy! Take a moment and think of it. What is mercy? Try to define it. You may look for it on Google, in a dictionary or deep inside of you.
There is no better place to look for it but in your inner self. God is merciful and you were made into His likeness. Mercy resides in you and you might not be aware of it yet. How many times someone did you wrong but instead of beating him up or taking him to court, you just walked away with a forgiving heart. I said without mercy and grace there is no forgiveness and no eternal life. Mercy by definition is not giving what the other deserves. The man who lost his mind and killed your child among many others is a criminal, he deserves to die. But you dear mother decides to go to him in prison and say to him “I forgive you. You took the most precious thing in my life but you know what, I forgive you. You deserve to die, you deserve to be killed by all those whom you have killed their precious ones but I will not be among them. I forgive you!” Now that’s mercy. The mother won’t kill the man even though he deserves to die. Mercy won’t make you pay for the wrong you did. Mercy will say “Not Guilty”.
What about grace? Also look deep inside of you. Again God is full of grace and you were made into His likeness. Grace resides in you and you might not be aware of it. How many times a friend of yours did you wrong but instead of cutting the relationship you forgave him as if nothing happened and then you invited him to dinner? Grace by definition is giving to another what he doesn’t deserve. Your friend deserves to lose your friendship because of the wrong he did. You say “I forgive you, don’t worry. It’s as if it didn’t happen. Now let’s go have a shawarma. It’s on me.” Mercy said “Not guilty.” Grace said “Here’s a gift”.
We have the nature of God. He is full of mercy and full of grace. We all have sinned and fallen short as Paul the apostle told us in Romans 3: 23, and that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6: 23). We deserve to die. But God paid the price for us. Romans 3:24-26 continues (Emphasis added),
“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed (Mercy), to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
All the bad we’ve done is looked upon. We are no longer sinners. We are the righteousness of God. We are His children. We are His heirs. We are saved from hell and that’s not the end of the story. We are also given the eternal life all because the mercy and the grace of our amazing, wonderful, loving… God.