But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ(by grace are ye saved) Ephesians 2:4-5
sometimes, the church tends to confuse mercy with grace. While the terms have similar meaning, grace and mercy are not the same. Mercy is not grace and grace is not mercy.
Grace is derived from the Greek word, “charis’ which means favour. Grace is God, blessing us even though we don’t deserve it. God does not owe us anything; whatever good we experience is as a result of grace (Eph.2:5) Grace is simply defined as unmerited favour. By the operation of grace in a man or woman’s life, he or she receives from God the miracles that his or her physical efforts couldn’t have given. I prophesy today that by the operation of the grace of God this week, you shall collide with a mega miracle that you’re not qualified for in Jesus Name.
Mercy on the other hand, is a companion to God’s grace. It means, not receiving the judgement that is due. It is an act of God by which He withholds the punishment we deserve. The entire mankind has sinned against God and earned the wages of sin which is death (Rom. 6:23) God has every right to judge us but mercy prevailed and God withholds the penalty due us.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because His compassion fail not” Lam.3:22.
In Exodus 25:20, God gave Moses instruction on how the mercy seat should be built God told Moses to exact the mercy seat above the ark, meaning the mercy of God is exalted above judgement.”And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark, and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel” Ex. 25:21-22
There is a place where God likes to meet with you as a believer; it is not a place of judgment because He has not sent His son to judge you; but upon the mercy seat because, though you deserved condemnation but because of His mercy, He has withdrawn judgement from you.
The entire populace of mankind is living by mercy today but the child of God is not meant to live by mercy but by grace because mercy brought us to Christ in the first place, grace is what keeps and sustains us in Christ. However, it is still possible for you as a child of God to exhaust your apportioned mercy when you willingly continue to go contrary to God’s word. This withdraws the mercy and grace of God from your life but this shall not be your portion in Jesus Name.
God will never cease to be merciful. But you as a child of God’s word. One of the devises of the devil against a child of God is the weapon of accusation to keep you in bondage of guilt. But he has forgotten that over and above the ark, there is a mercy seat from where God is you. No man is perfect but every child of God should walk towards perfection trusting the Holy Spirit to help him.
Friend, do not take the mercy of God for granted. Don’t allow the devil deceive you and say ‘God understands’. This is one of his devices to disqualify you from your blessing. The only thing God understands is His Word and he will not break His word. I prophesy to you this week by the operation of God’s mercy and grace, strange miracles shall be seen in your life from today in Jesus Name, Amen.
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