Mercy, I need grace!

My search for Word of the Year happened rather accidentally at the close of 2011. I stumbled upon the origin of my first name, Janet: “God’s gracious gift.”

Holy smokes, I sure didn’t feel as though I were living that out. Yes, I knew much grace had been given to me.
However, I didn’t feel as though I was dishing it out as generously as God had.

So, even though I hadn’t known much about a Word of the Year, I decided that 2012 would be my year of studying grace in the Bible and trying to do a better job of extending it to others.

There is some confusion about the difference between grace and mercy. While they may seem similar, here’s the core difference:

Mercy occurs when God does not punish us as our sins deserve.

Grace occurs when God blesses us despite the fact that we do not deserve it.

Mercy is freedom from judgment.

Grace is the extension of kindness to those who do not deserve it–unmerited favor.

We are reminded of God’s mercies upon us when we see a rainbow.

May I be as merciful and grace-filled.

Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event:

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