The abounding Grace and Mercy of God

+ Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

+ 2 Timothy 1:9 Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.

+ James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

+ Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

What is grace?

Gracious Definition: God’s Attribute

We experience God’s grace because God is gracious. In Exodus 34:6, when God is showing himself to Moses, we read “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Gracious is used here as an adjective describing God. It is one of his attributes.

Gracious, the Hebrew word channun, in its verb form, means to be considerate, to show favor. That God is gracious would mean that he is favorably inclined toward us. That he wants to show favor to us. To do what is best for us.

God is gracious. Graciousness is not something that he puts on and takes off depending on the situation. He is always gracious. He does not decide to show us grace. Rather it is just who he is. Because he is gracious he demonstrates grace in everything he does.

Grace Definition: God’s Action

Grace is the Hebrew word chanan or the Greek word charis, meaning “the state of kindness and favor toward someone, often with a focus on a benefit given to the object.” (Strong’s Greek 5485).

Grace is what God does because he is gracious. Every action of God toward us involves his grace. His creation, his providence, his conviction of the sinner, his gift of salvation, his equipping of the saints, and the future he has prepared for us. All of this is due to God’s grace.(christianity.com)

In Western Christian theology, grace is “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”. It is not a created substance of any kind.

[1] “Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.”

[2] It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to people “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved”

[3] – that takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the divine life of God.

[4]It is an attribute of God that is most manifest in the salvation of sinners. Christian orthodoxy holds that the initiative in the relationship of grace between God and an individual is always on the side of God.

What is Mercy ?

Though often used interchangeably, “grace” and “mercy” differ in many ways.

In a nutshell, they are two sides of the same coin. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve, while mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve.

Sounds confusing? Let’s break it down bit by bit.

In the dictionary, grace is defined as courteous goodwill. Meaning, it’s not asked for nor deserved, but is freely given. Mercy, on the other hand, is the compassion and kindness shown to someone whom it is in one’s power to punish or harm. It is an act meant to relieve someone of their suffering.

Let’s put it this way: suppose someone attempted to rob your house. You learned that the robber was just in a desperate situation and didn’t intend to do any harm at all. Instead of calling the police, you chose to pardon the thief and let the matter go – that’s mercy. Then you gave him some food and a few dollars to get him through this trying time – that’s grace.

In a world where mistakes are swiftly punished, and goodwill is only for the worthy, grace and mercy are an absolute necessity.

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How to continue living in Grace and Mercy of God

Follow the acronym FOCUS.

Faith – have faith in the work of Christ. The righteous shall live by faith. Faith will increase as we know the Word of God. Read your Bible. It is impossible to please God without faith.

Obedience – Obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you in all truth. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Teacher, have time to listen to His gentle voice within you.

Confess your sins – the Lord will not hear us if we regard iniquities in our heart.

Unveil His Words through meditation of the Scriptures – we have to know the many promises of God. The promises of God are made available for those who seek Him and believe in His words.

Seek the Lord in prayer. Our daily provision of grace must be asked in our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Jesus taught us how to pray then do it.

What a great joy to know that God is so mindful of us and abounding in grace and mercy that is made available for those who seek Him in faith and in humility. Let us share this truth that will liberate those suffering souls who are still living in the lies of the devil. The grace we truly enjoyed must be generously shared and in that way we can express true gratitude to God who is gracious to us.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and may His abounding grace and mercy be with you both now and ever. Amen.

Published by rodriggs

Volunteer Missionary, Mission Mobiliser, Cultural Anthropologist, Business Consultant, Blogger, Life Coach, Traveler, Prayer warrior, Foodie

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