The cornerstone of any relationship with someone is the ideal of grace and mercy. When grace is absent, dealing with people becomes difficult we develop issues with trust. Grace involves hoping that God is listening and will answer all prayers in ways according to His will. Digging into the cross of hope and prayer, this paper discusses the theological definition, biblical foundation, and practical application in order to identify how the two connect. These principles have helped me learn what it means to be a Christian.
GRACE - Theological Definition:
Biblically, grace is unmerited favor. (CARM) What that means is that Jesus stepped in to save us from a death that we deserve and died for us. Because of this grace we get to spend eternal life with God in Heaven. This is something that, no matter what we do, we cannot earn. In Romans 11: 6 it says “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” (Holy Bible) I like to provide real world applications to these concepts in the way I discipline my children. Most of the times it comes in forms they do not recognize at first because it is done subtlety and they do not realize it. This is often times the way God works with us as well providing grace and understanding when we do not even know that we need it.
In Scripture, grace is seen numerous times from stories such as the woman at the well to Jesus casting out the demons into the pigs. God’s glory is can be seen in how he illustrates His grace. He gives grace and compassion in the face of those who would oppose him. In John 8:7-11 the Pharisees had been questioning him about the woman who was caught in adultery. The law at that time allowed the...
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... most of us up a majority of the time. The quickest way to mercy I have found is through prayer, this sounds simple and obvious and the truth is that is exactly what it is. A prayer life that begins simply and develops into a daily friendship conversation keeps your thoughts on God and then people begin to look at other through God eyes instead of human eyes. This is the only way to truly develop a life that is filled with mercy and grace.
It is clear to see grace and mercy is directly related although greatly different they so woven together they cannot be separated. Without God’s mercy we would live in a world without hope. Hope gives people a reason to wake up in the morning and face the day. I have been on the receiving end of both grace and mercy and I am so thankful that I serve a benevolent God that has made a way for me even in my sinfulness.
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