Grace and Mercy are best shown in the salvation that is available to us through Jesus Christ. What we truly deserve is judgment for the sins we have committed, however if we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, we instead receive mercy from God and He delivers us from judgment. We receive this gift of grace through salvation; our sins are forgiven, we are given an abundant life (John 10:10), and a promise of eternity in Heaven!
So what is the difference between grace and mercy? Many of us have heard it quoted that grace is unmerited favor to us from God. And though mercy and grace are somewhat similar they are also different. We obtain mercy from God when He does not punish us for our sins, as we deserve. And grace is God giving to us or blessing us even when we do not deserve it. Mercy is the deliverance we get from God’s judgment. And grace is God extending His kindness to us.
So, who exactly needs mercy and grace? A very simple answer to that question is we ALL need mercy and grace! It is through God’s mercy that we are granted favor, forgiven of our sins, and restored to right standing with God – a state of righteousness. It is through the grace of God, our Heavenly Father, that He gave us the ultimate gift -the gift of eternal life and salvation; not because we deserve it and certainly not because we have earned it. He has freely given it to us, all we have to do is believe He has it for us, ask Jesus to be our Savior, and accept we indeed have been given it.
Because of the mercy and grace God gives to us, we should fall on our knees in worship and give thanks to Him for all He has done and all He has given us. Hebrews 4:16 (Amplified) so wonderfully promises us: “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” We have Him and His mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. All we have to do is approach Him and accept what He freely gives to us!