Grace, mercy, and strength. Qualities that would be nice to have consistently. I’ve always been taught the difference between grace and mercy is this:
GRACE = getting what we don’t deserve
God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
MERCY = not getting what we do deserve
Here’s your St. Patrick’s Day inspiration…
“You can have a brand new start today.
Allow God’s mercy to strengthen and heal you
before starting your routine activities.
Receive His healing power,
and let its grace work in you.
Today can be effortless
as you depend on God’s gace
to do what He has called you to do.”
I have this quote printed out and tacked to the wall above my desk, so I read it every day–sometimes multiple times a day. There’s definitely some truth to the part about days being effortless (or at least considerably less effort) when I depend on God’s grace and plan for the day, than when I try to go it alone and spend the day struggling and discouraged.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you pondered the difference between grace and mercy?
Does an early morning time of prayer or meditation make your day easier?