While listening to the radio the other day, I was reminded of a story that Garth Brooks tells about an annual outing with a couple of his friends. The story goes that one friend asks if Garth knows the difference between mercy and grace. The friend then goes on to explain that, "Mercy is when God doesn't give us what we deserve. Grace is when God gives us what we don't deserve."
Our lives are likely filled with moments of mercy and grace. God doesn't give us the punishment of sin that we deserve. He also gives us redemption through His Son without requiring a "payment" from us. God is delighted to be able to show mercy and to offer grace. It is our role to accept these gifts from God and use them for the good of others and the glory of God's Kingdom. We have been shown mercy and grace, now it is up to us to continue to spread the Good News!
God has offered you mercy and grace, accept them and work for His glory!
Thank You for Your mercy and grace in my life. Help me to accept these gifts and to use my life for Your glory. Through Jesus I pray, amen.