GRACE AND MERCY
Grace and mercy ! One of my favorite prayers. The old-timers used that as a euphemism instead of cussing. “Lord, have mercy!” or “Mercy goodness.” I have said it myself.
But lately I have been really praying for mercy! “Lord, don’t give me what I deserve. Give me grace and mercy!” Grace to do what is right and mercy to forgive me when I do what is wrong.
On the cross, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” That was mercy crying out. Jesus was full of mercy. Everywhere He went, He was forgiving sin and healing the sick, delivering the oppressed. Mercy forgives, heals, delivers.
Grace enables. When I can’t seem to do what is necessary, grace empowers me to do it. Grace enabled Jesus to go to the cross. When He was praying in the garden, He said, “Father, if it be Thy will, let this cup pass from me, but nevertheless, Thy will be done.” After making the choice to do the Father’s will, Jesus then was given the grace to do it.
Life happens. We grow up, marry, have children, live life, and all to soon, life has come to an end. At each step, we are given the grace to do it. Whatever life brings, Jesus will supply the grace.
Are the children driving you nuts? Too many household jobs and school activities to handle? Strife between spouses? In-law troubles? Finances a mess? Illness and disease? Call upon the Lord for grace! As each day comes, there is grace for that day.
Grace doesn’t just enable you to get through the problems; grace gets you out of them. The grace of God changes circumstances and situations. It gives you the wisdom to overcome all obstacles so that you emerge victorious, an overcomer.
Grace for the moment! When troubles come, call on the Lord for grace and mercy.