Merciful God – How does God's mercy differ from His grace ?
When we consider our merciful God, we often confuse the terms mercy and grace. While similar in meaning, they are two different ideas. Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve. Grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we don't deserve it. It is unmerited favor.
Since we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), we deserve death (Romans 6:23), so every day we live is an act of mercy from God. On the other hand, we deserve nothing from God. Any good thing that comes into our life is a result of the grace of God (Ephesians 2:5).
Salvation is a great illustration of both mercy and grace! Because we are sinners, we deserve judgment. However if we receive Jesus Christ and His gift of eternal life, we receive grace. Hebrews 4:16 declares, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
We can cry to God for mercy, asking Him to withhold the judgment we deserve and instead grant to us the forgiveness we in no way have earned. Psalm 51:1-2 shares how David cried out, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."
Ephesians 2:7-9 says, "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Khoa Anh ngữ
Học viện Mục vụ TGP. Sài Gòn
 Mercy: Lòng thương xót
 Grace: Ân sủng
 To confuse : Nhầm lẫn
 Term: Thuật ngữ
 To punish: Phạt
 To deserve : Xứng đáng
 To bless: Ban phúc lành
 Unmerited favor: Ân huệ nhưng không
 Sinner: Tội nhân
 Romans: Thư Thánh Phao lô gởi tín hữu Roma
 Ephesians: Thư Thánh Phao lô gởi tín hữu Êphêsô
 Salvation: Sự cứu rỗi
 Illustration: Sự minh họa
 Judgment: Sự phán xét
 Hebrews: Thư gởi tín hữu Do Thái
 To declare: Quả quyết, xác nhận, tuyên bố
 The throne of grace: Ngai Thiên Chúa là nguồn ân sủng
 Confidence: Sự tự tin
 To withhold: Bỏ qua
 Forgiveness: Sự tha thứ
 To earn: Có được
 Psalm: Thánh Vịnh
 Unfailing love: Tình yêu muôn thuở
 Compassion: Lòng trắc ẩn
 To blot out: Xóa sạch
 Transgression: Vi phạm
 Iniquity: Hành động sai trái
 To cleanse: Thanh tẩy
 Sin: Tội
 To raise someone up: Cho ai đó sống lại
 Realm: Vùng đất, cõi, vương quốc
 Faith: Lòng tin, Đức tin
 Gift: Món quà
 To boast: Khoe khoang, tự phụ
 Handiwork: Tác phẩm bằng tay
 In advance: Trước