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q.gif (1639 bytes)    What is the difference between "mercy" and "grace?"


a.gif (1659 bytes)    The word grace is defined as, “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification” (Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).  Ephesians 2:8-9 says,  “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The word mercy is defined as, “compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender”
(Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).  Psalms 51:1-2 says,  “1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

“Grace” is God giving to us a good thing which we do not deserve (example: we do not deserve salvation, but God, in His grace, offers us that free gift of salvation through repentance and faith in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross).  “Mercy” is withholding from us punishment that we do deserve (example: we deserve to spend eternity in hell as the punishment for our sins, but God has shown mercy to us, and sent His Son to pay the price for our sins).


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