Someone once said
“GRACE and MERCY are like the two oars in a row boat. Unless they are both used in balance, the one rowing will go around in circles and never arrive at their destination.”
Grace is defined as undeserved favor – in other words, God giving us what we don’t deserve.
God gave us the gift of His son and his taking our place on the cross.
Knowing about and receiving and experiencing that GRACE helps us to understand how to show grace to others.
We can show GRACE in Word
There’s always a choice in how to respond – Choose to respond in GRACE – with kind words the person may not deserve, but with love for their souls.
We can show GRACE in Action
By implementing MERCY
Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. (Dictionary)
Forgiveness, responding thoughtfully instead of reacting in similar tone or language, and watching for or asking if the person has a need we can fill, are all ways we can, in MERCY, show GRACE to others.
Grace AND Mercy work together because you and I know that words are fine, but actions reveal the heart behind the words.
Words can touch a person’s heart – or leave them cold. Words of grace, delivered with acts of Mercy (noticing the person, listening to them, thanking them for sharing their heart with you, honoring their souls created in God’s image).
Serving with Grace and Mercy is easier when we remember that it is often hurting people that lash out and hurt others. If we can meet their actions are met with gracious acts of mercy and grace
We are God’s seeds, and seasoning to this bitter world…