grace mercy titus 2

Thought #6 (30 Thoughts Before 30)

I had one of those light bulb moments today!  I was reading Titus 2 and (think) I finally understand the difference between Grace and Mercy.  It’s been tricky because we tend to use grace and mercy interchangeably, and even in our languages, there’s usually one translation for both words so I’ve always thought these two kinda meant the same thing….until I read this scripture tonight…..

Titus 2:11-12 (GNB)
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age….”

The way I understand it:

GRACE enables us to live a godly life, it helps us to say no when we know we can’t say no otherwise, helps us to choose well, helps us to bring His kingdom in this fallen world, helps us to overcome sin, helps us do things we can’t do in our own strength, helps us live victoriously.

MERCY is there to catch us if/when we fall.

Grace has given me everything I need to live a successful and victorious life….but if i stumble, Mercy is there to help me up.

Why, then, would I have any reason to fear anything when there’s no chance to lose with God?…..when together, Grace and Mercy will pursue me for the rest of my life…….How wonderful are Your ways, Oh God, your Word is like Vicks to my blocked nose ???