You hear them all the time: people who have fantasies about what they wish God would be like, making up definitions of Bible stuff.
Some of these people have actually read the Bible.
Some have attended church and heard a preacher who decided to redefine something to fit his message, and because of that, think they understand it.
Beware: It will never stop
Grace is not mercy. Mercy is when a judge feels sorry for you or thinks it would be more improvement for society for you not to go to jail; you don’t get what you deserved.
Now, Christians don’t get what we deserve. That is true. But that is not grace. It is mercy. Mercy and grace are not the same things.
Or, why would Paul pray that “grace, mercy, and peace be unto you”?
Paul had too much to say to waste parchment by being redundant.
Still, because we do not grasp what in the world grace is, some of us assign it the definition that belongs to mercy.
So, since we do get mercy, anyway, and we tell folks we get mercy, what is wrong?
What is wrong is that we rob them of also getting grace.
We rob them of the only way to walk with the Lord in the Light of His Word.
Life altering stuff.
The essence of actual life.
As opposed to the fabricated life, the fake life, the hypocritical life.
You need it.
God provided that you can get it.
And the clueless can keep you away from it.
And they don’t even know that about themselves.
Grace is the power of God doing things in you.
Grace is the power of God doing things with you.
Grace is the power of God doing things for you.
Grace is the power of God doing things through you.
“Stand in His strength alone.
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.”
Grace is that strength.
Get that strength.
Go boldly to the Throne of Grace and get grace to help you in your time of need. (See Hebrews 4:16)
Like when someone refuses to get off your case, you can be kind to them, anyway.
Or when someone takes away your things, you can offer them even more.
Or when you are so tired you can hardly move, you can keep moving.
Working in, with, through, and for you.
Out of His great mercy, He does not destroy us.
But He offers to do our doing FOR us, to live IN us, to walk this life WITH us, to work THROUGH us.
Oh, and it’s a gift.
You just have to ask.
Get that grace.