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Define Grace; what is grace? 
Specifically, what is God's Grace? 

And what's the difference between justice, mercy, and grace?


Grace is much different than Justice and Mercy:
  • Justice is getting the bad that we deserve. (getting exactly what we deserve, which in our case is death)
  • Mercy is NOT getting the bad that we deserve. (again, death)
  • Grace is getting good that we do not deserve. (eternal life, plus all the good that God wants to give us)

(A simple skit may help explain God's Grace better than anything else.  Click here.)  But simply put, GRACE can be defined as unearned favor.  Specifically, God's grace is something God does for the benefit of His people just because He loves them, not because of something they have done to earn it.  Grace is a gift and can never be earned.  It's always totally free.  ("Cheap Grace" is a counterfiet of God's amazing free grace.  "Cheap Grace" claims to accept the benefits of God's Grace without accepting the change in the way we behave.  "Cheap Grace" requires no repentance and so there is no need to live like God asks us to live.  This is NOT God's Grace.)

God's justice, mercy and grace can be compared to the pardon that a governor of a state can give to a guilty prisoner who is facing execution (the punishment of death) for something that he or she actually did.  JUSTICE will be served and they will be killed unless the governor has MERCY and pardons (forgives) the prisoner.  But if the governor goes on and gives that prisoner not only a pardon, but also total freedom, a huge mansion to live in, and unlimited resources then he has given that guilty prisoner both MERCY & GRACE.

JUSTICE - If we only received justice from God we all would be dead because all of us have sinned Romans 3:23, and the "wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23, yet we have been given a “stay of execution” for now. 

MERCY - During this "stay of execution" God offers us a pardon.  He wants to forgive us and set us free from the results of sin, and He has the legal right to do this because His Son and our Creator, Jesus, willingly came and died so that we would not have to die.  Jesus died for us so that we could live, but His death can only be our salvation if we accept it.  Just like the prisoner above, we can turn it down or we can accept this pardon that God offers; it is our choice.  John 3:16

GRACE - If we accept the pardon that God offers us, not only will we not die, He then gives us a life that will never end.  He continues by giving us an awesome room in His own home to live in, unlimited resources, and total freedom.  That is God's AMAZING GRACE!

God's Grace is "the power of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves".  And the fact is, we cannot do anything for ourselves.  Jesus says, "...without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5

The Bible gives us a beautiful example of what grace is and does.  When Moses took the Children of Israel out of Egypt and into the desert the people soon became thirsty, but there wasn't any water to be found, especially not for 2,000,000 people, plus their herds of animals.  God told Moses to strike a specific rock and He (God) would give the people water. (see more on this example)

The water that came out of that rock demonstrates the grace of God flowing out to all who would drink.  It also caused the parched and barren land to blossom which in turn gave the people and animals something to eat.  Without this water, without God's grace supplying the needs of the people, the people would have died.  Christ is the Rock; He is also the Living Water.

Without God's mercy and grace, without the pardon that God gives us and all the blessings we receive every minute, we would die.  Everyday God supplies us with the light of the sun, air to breath, and something to eat and drink. In fact, when you stop to think about it, without the materials that God has provided for us we cannot even create electricity on our own to make light, or create oxygen, or even create food.  God supplies all we need, but we must choose to accept His gifts, or to reject them.  We have the option of refusing to eat or drink.  We have the option of closing ourselves up in an air tight, waterproof and darkened room, but it will kill us.  We need God’s mercy and grace just to live.

And God's grace does not stop with just our physical needs either.  He has supplied what is needed for our spiritual well-being too.  If we will only read and hide it in our hearts, God's Holy Word, the Bible contains all that we need to be happy, gain total freedom and have eternal life.  The Bible tells us who God is and what He is like. 

In addition to the Bible, the Father allowed His Son, Jesus, to come and show us who He (the Father) is and what He is like.  Jesus gave His life so that you and I do not have to die.  God's justice, mercy and grace are all wrapped up in Jesus.

God's grace is all around us.  He wants us to live forever and be happy, but we have a choice to make.  We can accept some of His grace during this “stay of execution” period and live here on earth for a few years, or we can accept ALL His grace and live forever with Him! 

Accept the grace that God offers through Jesus, and live!



The Maranatha Singers, "By Grace Alone".  (Pay special attention to the words for more on God's Grace.)


Updated: Feb 21, 2017

(June 9) "Love God and do as you please." True or False? Why? Share your thoughts below. (The Editor will review your post before you can view it.):

Dan (Editor)
2013-06-29 8:20 AM

"All true obedience comes from the heart.... And if we consent, [Jesus] will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses."  The Desire of Ages

Envangelist Ray
2013-07-19 8:55 PM

Jesus said "If you love me, keep my commandments". To truly love God is to show that love through obedience. Jesus also said that those that will enter the Kingdom are those that do the will of The Father. We are to die to our old ways and fully submit our lives to God's will. Though we fail at times His Grace will meet you there and His love will forgive the repentant heart. "IF we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins"  IF we sin we have an advocate with The Father, Jesus The Son . So IF you love God you can only do what you want when your wants line up with God's Word

2013-09-14 5:17 PM

I want to get to knw more about god and His will

stephen saruni
2014-03-24 4:50 AM

1levels of God grace.2 how do u know that is with u  cuz i thing u cant see the grace?

Joyce Wilks
2014-09-20 4:48 PM

God loves us, that's why His grace is free.

Joy Harris
2014-10-03 1:50 AM

God Loves us regardless of what we do - and He wants to help us grow in love.
The purpose of God's Laws is to bring us back to love.
God gave us FREE WILL to do as we please.
However if we act out of harmony with love and God's Laws:-
1. Our 'sin' will attract the appropriate justice -  "As you sow so shall you reap" (Gal. 6:7)
2. In addition to harming others, we are degrading our own soul condition.
3. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt:25:40)
4. God cannot 'hear' or answer our prayer when we are out of harmony with love.

So yes you can do what you want, but if it's out of harmony with love, then you cannot be loving God; you can only be loving God when you are in harmony with love.

Dan (Editor)
2015-02-22 9:49 AM

Love this, thanks!

Ledawo Stephen
2015-02-07 11:11 AM

we are saved by God's grace yet we need to grow in his grace also. the church has enormous grace and that is the coverage for both believers and unbelievers alike. where a believers enjoy tremendous grace of God is when you are walking and working in the counsel and will of the Lord then you keep growing unto his fullness. Apostle paul says " i am what i am by the grace of God in me, and his grace upon me was not in vain. why because as he keep working the grace keep growing and fanning him into fame. that is God brethren.

Dan (Editor)
2015-02-18 11:56 PM

(Lawrence, there wasn't anything written so I deleted it.)

shellon anderson
2015-02-27 2:30 AM

Dan (Editor)
2015-02-27 2:59 PM

Shellon, sorry it appears that you had something you wanted to say but nothing came through.  Please try again and I will delete the empty one.

2015-03-26 4:16 PM

Sometimes I fall asleep with the window open in my room.  When I do, and my room becomes cold, I reach for the blanket that sits at the foot of my bed and cover with it.  The blanket covers me from head to toe. That's what Grace does.  When I sometimes fall short, I reach for His grace that's always just a reach away.   I'm so grateful for His grace.  So grateful for His love.  So grateful His his covering, so grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2017-04-05 5:25 PM

Val, that is a beautiful and simple way to think of grace. May God continue to bless you.

Stephen B.
2016-05-01 9:12 AM

Mercy is undeserved forgiveness of sins (God shows mercy to us because of Jesus Christ sacrificial death because of this act we are seen by God as clean as Jesus.  When we ask for forgiveness we are because of Gods mercy towards us in Jesus).
Grace  is undeserved blessings, rewards, and favor of God (God will be gracious to those who love and serve him.  We should not abuse this gift(grace) but we should be humble and grateful for the amazing grace we receive daily).