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Grace

I was loved and raised by parents devoted to the Pentecostal faith. Prayer in our home was common, and rarely did we miss a church service. Mom and Dad exampled (and still do) a life of service in the kingdom of God. I am indeed blessed with a godly heritage!

I’ve heard of God’s grace and mercy all my life. I struggled when younger to understand the difference. My assumption was I was granted “grace and mercy” when I messed up—when I sinned. To me, they were a team, forgiving and overlooking my faults when I erred. It took a while for me to wrap my mind around grace and mercy being different. I finally understood when they were simply and clearly explained as follows:

“Mercy” is not getting what one deserves. It is an act of being spared from judgement, so when I sin, God in His mercy doesn’t react immediately with judgement. Instead, He continues to love me and forgive me when I admit my wrong. I liken this to the time I was pulled over for speeding by an officer of the law. I had been talking with a passenger and hadn’t paid close attention to my speed. The kind officer warned me to slow down then sent me on my way. He was merciful. I didn’t have to pay a fine!

“Grace” is getting what one does not deserve. God grants us favor—and we haven’t done anything to deserve it. I’m reminded of the time I was driving to work when a car next to me lost control and caused a bad accident. How I was not involved in that accident is a mystery to me, except for grace. God protected me by His grace!

Grace is getting what I don’t deserve. I am blessed in so many ways! I have to agree with the phrase, “By His grace, I am what I am.”

Melody Reever, Editor

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