I’m currently reading “Captured by Grace” by Dr. Jeremiah David, the author gave the difference between Grace and Mercy. According to him Mercy is God withholding the punishment we rightfully deserve while Grace is God not only withholding that punishment but offering the most precious gifts instead. He gave these comparisons between grace and mercy

Mercy withholds the knife from the heart of Isaac.
Grace provides a ram in the thicket.

Mercy runs to forgive the Prodigal Son.
Grace throws a party with every extravagance.

Mercy bandages the wounds of the man beaten by the robbers.
Grace covers the cost of his full recovery.

Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross.
Grace promises paradise that very day.

Mercy pays the penalty for our sin at the cross.
Grace substitutes the righteousness of Christ for our wickedness.

Mercy converts Paul on the road to Damascus.
Grace calls him to be an apostle.

Mercy saves John Newton from a life of rebellion and sin.
Grace makes him a pastor and author of a timeless hymn.

Mercy closes the door to hell.
Grace opens the door to heaven.

Mercy withholds what we have earned.
Grace provides blessings we have not earned.


In case you still have a hard time understanding, what grace means. Just look unto Jesus, He is the true and clear picture of grace. John 1:17 says, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Someone defined grace in four letters, GRACE means J-E-S-U-S. Everytime i think about His grace, I can’t help but to bow and worship Him. Everytime I think about His grace, I can’t help but to wonder, who am I that He is mindful of me. Everytime I think about His grace, I realize that I am nothing, nothing and nothing but because of JESUS, I have everything, that is grace. Grace for me is enjoying something I don’t earn or deserve.

© 2008 by jhunnelle 

One thought on “GRACE VS. MERCY

  1. Praise the Lord!!Oh where would we be without God’s mercy and grace, ummerited favor, he doesn’t have to give them to us because at times we are so underserving, but his loving kindness goes beyond what we deserve, but still he gives it all to us each day..Hugz Lorie

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