Undeserved Mercy and Grace
"Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God's] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. But God -- so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One)."
(Ephesians 2:3-6, AMP)
"Mercy" is not giving a person what they deserve (in this case, judgment).
It's like a judge finding you guilty, but then withholding any punishment.
We cannot earn nor are we worthy of God's undeserved mercy but He extends it to us because of His great love for us.
To fully understand God's mercy, one must understand God's grace. Grace is getting more than one deserves. It's like that same judge awarding you with a large lump sum of money after you were found guilty!
Now, is God's grace a free ticket for us to sin? Absolutely not. In fact, the inverse is recognizing our need for God's grace. He delights in bestowing divine favor upon us. This should want to keep us from sin all the more. It's God's kindness that leads us to repentance! (See Romans 2:4).
In order to exude mercy and grace, believers should exhibit compassion and empathy towards one another. We should identify ourselves with the suffering of another brother or sister.
God's mercy and grace is greater than sin. His mercy and grace are enormous, boundless, and is available to everybody and anybody. Believers have been forgiven, sins have been forgotten, and we get the privilege of experiencing God's mercy and grace here on Earth and in Heaven.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .