Friday, August 25, 2017

Mercy and Grace

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I don’t pretend to know the deep desires or silent petitions in anyone’s heart. But I think I do know what the human heart needs the most: the mercy and grace of the Lord!

To receive mercy from God is to not receive the punishment that we deserve.

To receive grace from God is to receive blessing that we don’t deserve.

Mercy and grace are the basic things we need for the sinful, human heart. Born in sin, we deserve God’s displeasure and judgment. Instead, in Christ, we receive mercy – His forgiveness. Because we sin against the Lord, we certainly don’t deserve His blessing. But, in Christ, we receive grace – His unmerited favor.

Even more amazing, the author of Hebrews declares that we not only can receive from God what we need the most, but we can receive it anytime, especially in the time of need. Since Christ is the “faithful High Priest,” we can come boldly into His presence — His throne room — and receive all the mercy and grace we need; anytime, all the time! 

What we need most is what God most wants to give – His mercy and grace.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4.16

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