"Mercy is not getting what we deserve and Grace is getting what we do not deserve". Have you ever heard these definitions? Grace is an unconditional gift. The word itself even sounds lovely in Greek, the original Biblical language of the New Testament. Charis (khar' ece). Paul uses that word 100 times in his letters.
Why is grace so important to Paul? The Holy Spirit prompted Paul to write that he was the worst sinner in history. The Villain of all villains. But God used his mistakes, his failures, his utter distain and hatred of Jesus to reach the known world at that time and to lay the foundation of Christianity. Paul went from persecuting to pursuing Jesus with relentless drive. Paul knew that by grace he was saved. (Eph 2:8) His mission was to make sure everyone knew that. He even put himself in a position to be arrested so that he could reach the emperor of Rome.
Grace is what Jesus is all about. He says, "Do not be afraid, I AM the First and the Last, I AM the Living One. I was dead but now I am alive - Alive forevermore!" Things that seem overwhelming and insurmountable can be leveled by the Lord . "Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you as you shout, 'Grace! Grace!' "
You are not alone in this world. "Seek Him and you will find Him." He is as close as your thought, your wish, your wonder. "He anxiously waits to be gracious to you". Accept His grace with gratitude and revel in His mercy. You will find peace in the chaos and confusion. May the God of all grace be with you. Charis!
Have a blessed day! 💙