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Instagram photo by jesus_isforeverWhat a merciful and gracious God we *claim* to have, but do you know what mercy and grace is? And what's the difference between the two? In John 8, Jesus said "let he who is without sin cast the first stone". To preserve righteousness amongst their people they were about to stone an adulterer. However, no one could've casted that stone; except for Himself, JESUS. If He desired to take those measures to preserve morality then He could have. Because He is pure, then judgement or allowing us to face hardships is His right, yet many times He chooses not to let us endure those pains. That's mercy. Mercy is when God is able to inflict something bitter and unpleasant upon us as we've proven to deserve, yet inspite of it He chooses not to. The greatest instance of mercy in the Bible is God's forgiveness to this world of sin and all things shameful. Grace is somewhat similar: in John 1:14 Jesus was described as "full of grace"; His service to mankind was to die for us, as both compensation for all we've done to offend God and reconciliation with Him, and also to grant us His gift of eternal life. In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul said "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." Grace is even when we've proven to not deserve a certain amount of goodness from God, He still chooses to let us receive it. Obviously, the greatest instance of grace in the Bible is our salvation. In a sense, grace and mercy are similar since both involve being shown a deed we don't deserve. One is the deed of being spared, the other is being given a gift. Our God is one of both mercy and grace, He shows us both though having no obligation by any means to do so. That's why we thank Him for all that we have and all the trials we haven't faced. We thank Him for His MERCY and GRACE.

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