Many Christians have trouble understanding the difference between mercy and grace. Sometimes we assume that they are basically the same thing or that we need one and not the other. I am working on a writing project and resting this week and thought this re-post would be very appropriate.
“We tend to think of mercy and grace as the same thing so we praise God for one thing instead of two! Mercy is NOT getting what you deserve–the wrath of God. Grace is getting what you DON’T deserve–the righteousness of Christ. So grateful for both!
I think we sometimes fall into trap of thinking we should need God’s grace less and less. It’s not true. I need God’s grace more and more. Hopefully we need God’s forgiving grace less as God sanctifies us. But that is just one dimension of His amazing grace. I need his gifting grace and empowering grace more and more because I’m in over my head. I keenly aware of the fact that I need his grace more today than I did yesterday. And I’ll need it more tomorrow than I did today.
I love the exhortation in Hebrews 4:16: ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace that we might receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’”
From the blog of Mark Batterson.