Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
Psalm 23: 6
September 8th - Grace and mercy are unearned blessings.
Mercy springs from shadow into sunshine, forward with dignity into the open air.
Mercy and grace are often confused. While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. I’ve sometimes heard the difference between grace and mercy defined this way: Mercy is not getting what you deserve while grace is getting what you do not deserve.
Grace can be seen as an effortless sense of beauty, an elegance of charm, a benevolent sense of attitude or character, a smooth movement, a form or proportion of near perfection, and even a characteristic of refinement.
It’s easy to show grace to people who think just like you do, much harder to show grace to those who offend you or with whom you disagree.
Mercy is seen as a disposition to dispense forgiveness or to show great compassion. It is also defined as the ability to pardon or forgive something of someone that is seen as unforgiveable by others.
Grace and mercy are not the same thing although they both gifts that come from God.
The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.