le 15 janvier, 2017
So we drove past this church in town this week that had a sign that said “Mercy: When God gives us what we don’t deserve.”
And my husband said, “That’s not His mercy, that’s His grace.” And I said, “Hmmm….”
The difference between mercy and grace is really kind of subtle! We talked about it for a few minutes and finally I just looked it up. It’s a little confusing…so grace is when God gives us stuff we don’t deserve, and mercy is when He doesn’t give us what we really deserve! In either case, it’s something to make one count one’s blessings!
I lost a friend this week to cancer, and her life was a great example of someone who did count her blessings. She was really sick for a little over a year, but each of those days, even some of the really bad ones, she was posting positive messages all over Facebook, and giving thanks to God for her family and her friends and encouraging others even though she was so sick herself. I met her many years ago at work, where she was a flight attendant. Her passengers always loved her, because she always had a smile, and a way of making even the worst flying days better for everyone. Her crews loved her because she laughed, she joked, and she had a lot of compassion for others. She was a baker and she often brought goodies for the crews. I have a couple of her recipes, and they are something I treasure now that she is gone. I am thankful that she spent her last months with her children and her grandchildren (which she got to be there for the birth of her triplet grandkids just a few months ago!) She always doted on her kids and her grandson when I worked with her; I know he was a light in her life. She loved Disney and Rick Springfield and pink flamingos…and I’ll think of her when I see any of those things. I was very privileged to know this lady, and though I will miss her, I feel certain is at home in heaven now, and that she is no longer in pain.
BTW, I found a really good explanation of grace vs. mercy here at the website “Gotquestions.org” (which is a site where people can ask spiritual-related questions. It’s usually pretty good, in my opinion, because they usually just go to the Bible to answer the questions. So it’s not just someone’s “random opinion.” ) Anyway, here’s the brief answer: To summarize the difference: 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.
Here’s the link if anyone is interested in reading more about that: https://www.gotquestions.org/mercy-grace.html
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