Grace = Gettin' what you're not deservin'!
Mercy = Aint gettin' what
Technically speaking, GRACE is
God's favor on us, even though we didn't DO anything to deserve it! It
contrasts to MERCY, which is God's not punishing us for things we DID do!
Its God's awesome, fantastic GRACE that makes all the difference. Many times
we're taught about grace with stern warnings. For some reason, grace just seems
too good to be true, so they add some man-thought-of rules to go with it so we
all don't go hog-wild! Religious folk like to add caveats like: grace is good,
but it doesn't give us a license to sin, or better yet, that we must act and
talk a certain way to gain God's grace. WRONG!!
God's grace IS exactly what it
seems, too good to be true. So enjoy it, its a free gift! In fact, bask in it!
Because its not until we really get a grasp on how wonderful God's grace is,
that we can really see what type of relationship
He has in mind for us.
What does this mean to me?
We, today, are living in the best
covenant that God has ever offered -- GRACE.
God has had several covenants with his
people (most know of the old testament and the new testament). However,
many try to combine these covenants to create a non-existent covenant that they
can live with--UGHH!!
A covenant is an agreement between God
and his people. We may not always be able to live up to our side of the
bargain, but God never falters.
Because of the grace covenant
we no longer
have to live a "sin centered" life (trying not to sin in my own strength) but a
"God centered" life.
This immediately changes our "have to's" to
"want to's" with God. Now we want to love Him, praise Him, and worship Him,
instead of having to do these things to avoid hell.
This is what has
set me "free indeed"!